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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 02:51 PM

As Texas deep freeze subsides, some households now face electricity bills as high as $10,000

As the Texas power grid collapsed under a historic winter storm, Jose Del Rio of Haltom City, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, saw the electricity bill on a vacant two-bedroom home he is trying to sell slowly creep up over the past two weeks. Typically, the bill is around $125 to $150 a month, he said. But his account has already been charged about $630 this month — and he still owes another $2,600.

“If worse comes to worst, I have the ability to put it on a credit card or figure something out," Del Rio said. ”There is no one living in that house. All the lights are off. But I have the air at 60 because I don’t want the pipes to freeze.”

When he contacted Griddy, his electric company, they advised him to switch providers, Del Rio said.

Griddy's prices are controlled by the market, and are therefore vulnerable to sudden swings in demand. With the extreme weather, energy usage has soared, pushing up wholesale power prices to more than $9,000 per megawatt hour — compared to the seasonal average of $50 per megawatt hour.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/deep-freeze-subsides-texans-now-205224279.html

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Reply As Texas deep freeze subsides, some households now face electricity bills as high as $10,000 (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Feb 20 OP
CrispyQ Feb 20 #1
bullimiami Feb 20 #2
Joinfortmill Feb 20 #3
Brush Bunny Feb 20 #4
Midnight Writer Feb 20 #5
The Jungle 1 Feb 20 #6
twin_ghost Feb 20 #8
Mariana Feb 20 #12
LeftInTX Feb 20 #9
The Jungle 1 Feb 20 #11
LeftInTX Feb 20 #14
twin_ghost Feb 20 #7
Celerity Feb 20 #10
SoonerPride Feb 20 #13
LeftInTX Feb 20 #15
Trueblue1968 Feb 21 #16

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 02:53 PM

1. How easy is it to just switch providers in a crisis like this? -nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 02:54 PM

2. Criminal by design. That's Texas Republicans.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 03:29 PM

3. WTF Texas? Join the USA

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 03:45 PM

4. The Real Hurt coming at these folks is

 

the repair bills for Water Damage. Tens of thousands and if they have the cheap Home Owners Insurance,one of those Policies that do not cover Water Damage from broken pipes,going to ugly real fast.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 03:46 PM

5. And the Federal Government will step in at some point and pay those bills.

The only people who won't be inconvenienced by this is the price gouging millionaires who engineered this crisis in the first place.

And as long as the corporate bandits get away with this shit, the more "crisis" we will see in the future.

Bartcop's Law. If someone makes a "mistake", and profits handsomely from that "mistake", expect them to make the same "mistake" over and over in the future.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 04:21 PM

6. Drain the pipes and then shut off the heat!!!!!

I do not understand why people who are freezing do not react.
If you have no heat SHUT OFF THE WATER AND DRAIN THE PIPES.
What in the world am I missing here.
Here in the northeast people with mountain cabins do this every year or after every visit to the cabin.

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Response to The Jungle 1 (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 04:32 PM

8. They don't know any better.

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Response to twin_ghost (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:20 PM

12. They should, because they get warned about it every time it freezes.

I lived in Texas for 16 years. Every time it got cold, even with no loss of electricity, it was the same thing. Frozen pipes all over the place. My plumber used to go crazy over it.

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Response to The Jungle 1 (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 04:58 PM

9. Hello..I water my.landscape year round cuz it grows year round

I could not drain my irrigation system in time because it's vast.

No pipe damage here, but we were told to.run water to prevent freezing pipes. They then cut power to the pumps.

Also these are not mountain cabins, these are homes where people live.

My parents owned a cabin in N Wisconsin and we did this every fall.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:00 PM

11. It is not a big job

Unhook the sprinkler tube blow out with air.

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Response to The Jungle 1 (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:41 PM

14. My system is homemade

Miles of garden hose, y connectors, and drip irrigation.
I can't even tell you how much garden hose I've got snaking through my landscape. I have 1/3 acre of shrubs, perennials and trees, and very little turf. It's got a "jungle look" and the hoses are the snakes. I think I have a hose about every 5 feet or so.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 04:32 PM

7. Duh, The free market at work.

Texans voted for the people that put this energy rate policy into place.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 05:07 PM

10. Good old fashioned American wealth extraction scam capitalism at its finest, overseen by a criminal

syndicate of Rethugs and their billionaire patrons.



You would have to be fool to move to Texas if this exact same grid system stays as is. I would get the hell out if I lived there and nothing fundamental changes.

To make it worse, I am sure the QMAGAts will 100% blame Dems and socialism/communism for it all, and go on electing the white power arch criminal scum.



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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:27 PM

13. Griddy? More like "Greedy"

No state should allow a provider to swindle consumers with this promise of “cheap power because it is tied to market rates and it is always cheap here!”

That’s a flat out scam and recipe for, well, exactly what happened.

Prices fluctuate and can fluctuate wildly and really screw consumers.

A sound government puts in regulations to give the citizens a stable power supply at a fair market rate.

This is a failure of the Republican led state that allows Greedy to even operate at all.

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Response to SoonerPride (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:44 PM

15. I think Griddy is an "alternate" to utilities.

I just heard of it on Monday. I think it has about 26,000 subscribers.

My hunch is most subscribers are Libertarians

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2021, 01:05 AM

16. Griddy means GREEDY

This is the DU member formerly known as trueblue2007.

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