Twitter reacts to Texans being charged upto $17,000 for electricity amid outages

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Feb 23, 2021, 05.14 PM(IST)

Snow covers the ground in Waco, Texas as severe winter weather conditions over the last few days has forced road closures and power outages over the state on February 17, 2021.  Photograph:( AFP )

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Woes for Texans don't seem to over just yet. People in the state are now receiving exorbitant electricity bills in the aftermath of outages

The US state of Texas is currently witnessing a winter storm, knocking out electricity in most parts of the state.  Electricity returned to the state on Friday after Texans experienced almost 2,00,000 power outages over the last week.

But woes for Texans don't seem to over just yet. Turns out, people in the state are now receiving exorbitant electricity bills in the aftermath of outages. Many Texans took to Twitter to share the electricity bills they have been receiving recently. Many received bills as high as $17,000.

WFAA - a local broadcaster shared screenshots of a man named Ty Williams receiving an electricity bill for over $17,000. The man in question claims to have three electric metres in his residence, including one for his home, one for his guest house, and another for his office. Last month, the total bill he had received was $660.

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Williams told WFAA that "there is absolutely no way" for anyone to pay that much amount for electricity bills, and that "it makes no sense".

Users on Twitter are trying to understand how the bills reached such a high in such a short time. The price of a kilowatt per hour went from 12 cents to $9 in the last week, making the bills run into thousands.

According to local media reports, Williams is on a variable-rate plan with Griddy, a local electricity provider.

The company is facing a lot of criticism for its handling of the crisis, for it has reportedly trying to avoid sending such hefty bills to customers by urging them to leave and pursue a fixed-rate plan with other providers of electricity in the area.

The exorbitant amounts of bills have shocked many Texans and have left many wondering if they'd require loans to pay off the amount.

Here are a few of the reactions on Twitter:

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