February 20th – After being hit by unprecedented winter storms, Texas residents in the United States have extremely high demand for heating, causing the state’s electricity bill to soar to $17,000 a month.
According to the New York Post on the 19th, resident Ty Williams received a bill from Griddy Energy Company, and he was shocked by the “sky-high bill”: his monthly bill soared from $600 last month to nearly $17,000 this month
Williams said, “How can someone pay this money? It used to be hundreds of dollars a month, which makes no sense.”
According to the report, the price of electricity in Texas soared from $50 to $9,000 per megawatt-hour due to the supply and demand crisis.
Royce Pierce, who lives in the suburbs of Dallas, said that the electricity bill of his three-bedroom house has soared to $10,000 in the past few days.
Resident Ronika Garcia said the electricity bill of her one-bedroom apartment almost doubled to $114.
“I hope the energy companies will make the right choice and not charge because we can’t control the situation,” Garcia said.
Texas is the only state that operates an independent power grid, and its power supply plan is partly controlled by market demand.
Texas increased heating in the cold weather, which led to an increase in electricity prices, an expert told NBC.
A spokeswoman for the energy company said the company is offering flexible billing options to support customers affected by the storm.