- Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) this week blamed consumers who he suggested didn’t “read the fine print” before being hit with massive energy bills during a recent winter storm. In an interview on Fox News, Patrick responded to reports that consumers had seen bills as high as $17,000 to heat 900 square feet.
- “I saw the story about the high bills,” Patrick said. “Let me explain that. We have in Texas, you can choose your energy plan and most people have a fixed rate. If they had a fixed rate per kilowatt hour, their rates aren’t going up.”
- “But the people who are getting those big bills are people who gambled on a very, very low rate,” he continued. “But I’ve told those folks, do not panic. We are going to figure that out.” Patrick added: “But going forward, people need to read the fine print in those kinds of bills and we may even end that type of variable plan because people were surprised.”
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