Abbott Says Texas Residents With Utility Bill Spikes Should Be Protected

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Governor Gregg Abbott said Saturday that Texas has a responsibility to its residents to protect them from “skyrocketing energy bills,” remarks that come amidst reports that some Texans have been slapped with four- or even five-figure bills for their electricity.

“We have a responsibility to protect Texans from spikes in their energy bills that are a result of the severe winter weather and power outages,” said Abbott, after meeting with legislators Saturday to discuss prices. “Today’s meeting was productive, and I applaud Republican and Democrat members of the Legislature for putting aside partisan politics to work together on this challenge. We are moving quickly to alleviate this problem and will continue to work collaboratively throughout this week on solutions to help Texas families and ensure they do not get stuck with skyrocketing energy bills.”Many of the Texans who have been reporting sky-high energy bills use Griddy, a utility company that charges a $10 monthly fee and, in exchange, sells electricity to consumers at wholesale prices, reports The New York Times. While this typically results in cheaper energy, it resulted in a dramatic price jump when energy became scarce and the Public Utilities Commission increased the maximum cost of energy to $9 per kilowatt-hour.

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