Published: February 22, 2021 1:01 p.m.
Updated: February 22, 2021 1:01 p.m.
In the US state of Texas, the winter weather of the past few days and bottlenecks in the energy supply have resulted in an explosion in electricity bills for residents. According to media reports, the electricity bills of many Texans rose many times over to thousands of US dollars.
Governor Greg Abbott was looking for solutions to help those affected with the skyrocketing costs, his office announced on Sunday (local time).
Almost 14,000 euros for electricity
A man in a suburb of the Dallas metropolis received a bill for just under 16,752 US dollars (about 13,830 euros), reported the New York Times. The electricity market in the state in the southern United States is heavily deregulated and, with certain providers, is tied to fluctuating wholesale prices. When the electricity failed in many places as a result of the extreme weather and demand exceeded supply, this led to an “astronomical” increase in costs for affected customers, the paper wrote. Other Texas residents posted their billions, often thousands of dollars, on social media.
Help for Texans in sight
Abbott says you shouldn’t be left with the costs alone. In this case, they are looking for solutions, his office announced. Until then, no electricity will be turned off if the bill is not paid. In addition, providers should initially not issue any further invoices.
Texas was hardest hit by the US winter storm in the past few days. More than four million households were temporarily without electricity after snowfall and freezing temperatures. According to the authorities, households were still cut off from supplies on Sunday.
(Quelle: What / Dpa)
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