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Dallas resident says he was charged nearly $7,000 on electric bill

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Dallas resident DeAndre Upshaw says it was “very shocking” when he saw that he was charged nearly $7,000 on his electricity bill.

More on the energy market in Texas: Customers in Texas have options in how they are billed for their electricity, according to the Public Utility Commission of Texas' (PUCT) website.

When the winter storm wreaked havoc on Texas' power grid, power prices shot up and so did bills for customers on market rate plans.

Griddy said it urged "members switch to another provider with a fixed rate," according to a statement from the company.

On the electricity front, Austin’s electric utility said outages in the city are under 10,000 for the first time since outages peaked at around 220,000 earlier this week.

Texas' Railroad Commission said it's working to keep natural gas flowing into the state in an effort to "avoid situations where customers may get unusually high bills in the coming weeks. "

In a statement released Friday, it said it's working with "energy producers, pipeline operators, and electric regulators to provide the support they need for natural gas deliveries. "

The water systems in Austin and Houston, both hit hard by the Texas winter storms, are on their way to being fully restored, officials in both cities announced today.

Some customers in Texas are facing outrageous hikes in their energy bill as a result of this week’s storm, causing one energy company to suggest that their customers find another provider with a fixed rate if prices were too extreme.

Customers in Texas have options in how they are billed for their electricity, according to the Public Utility Commission of Texas' (PUCT) website.

When the winter storm wreaked havoc on Texas' power grid, power prices shot up and so did bills for customers on market rate plans.

However, according to PUCT's website, this program is designed for customers whose usual electric company is "unable to continue service" not customers voluntarily leaving their provider in an effort to save money, as Griddy suggested.

Griddy added that it was also seeking relief from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT as it is commonly known, and the PUCT for its customers who were exposed to the high prices.

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