- First came astronomical bills, and next comes the shut-off for those who can’t pay those bills. On Thursday, Raw Story reported that one woman was sent a bill for over $202,000. While she was lucky to have her energy company tell her that it was a mistake, other Texans haven’t been as lucky.
- Power supplier Griddy told their 29,000 customers that they needed to stop using their services because they expected a spike. Some weren’t able to handle it in time. Texan Royce Pierce said that he owed $7,000 for two days. A few days later, that grew to $10,434. Last year, at this time, he paid just $330 a month.
- In May 2020, Texas regulators voted to ban companies from shutting off utilities due to lack of payment during the coronavirus crisis, the Texas Tribune reported. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said this weekend that a moratorium on shut-offs is needed while the state legislature deals with bills that people can’t afford to pay, the Dallas Morning News reported.
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