A Texas resident automatically deducted nearly $ 17,000 from his bank account after Griddy, a Texas Energy Company, imposed additional taxes on state residents after a devastating winter storm and subsequent power outages.
Scott Willoughby, who joined America’s Newsroom on Tuesday to discuss the issue, explained that there is no limit to unregulated electricity grids in Texas, which have raised average household electricity costs from 8 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour to $ 900. per kilowatt-hour.
Willoughby, who had money in his account to pay the bill, expressed concern that hundreds of thousands of Texas residents would not be able to pay for the crippling electricity costs, which average about $ 5,000 a household during the seven-day eclipse.
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“It simply came to our notice then [bill] it will have a devastating effect on them, “Willoughby said.” There is no food on the table for their children, no rent or house payments, no car payments – and no help because the money is gone. “
However, Willoughby remains hopeful that residents will be reimbursed for the excess fees.
The Texas resident said the state legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott convened an emergency meeting on Saturday to consider ways they could help reduce fees charged to homeowners and tenants.
Gridy said in a statement on her website Thursday, “We know you’re as angry as we are. P —–, actually.” The company explained that wholesale prices rose because the Texas Utilities Commission (PUCT) took control of the Texas Electricity Reliability Council, which runs the state’s power grid, on Monday and raised the wholesale price to $ 9. for a kilowatt-hour at least up to the grid can control the demand caused by the winter storm.
The company said it was about 300 times higher than the normal wholesale price, and although 99% of homes had electricity by Thursday night, PUCT had left prices in place.
“The market should set prices, not politically appointed ones,” the company said. “We intend to fight for this, and with our clients for justice and accountability – to find out why such price increases have been allowed to happen, as millions of Texans have been left without power.”
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Grid told FOX 4 that bill payments can be made in installments, but does not offer other immediate solutions to excessive customer bills.
Bri Stimson of Fox News contributed to this report.