After a deadly winter storm cut off electricity for millions of Texans and faced shortages of food and clean water, some residents are now seeing high electricity bills.
Nicholas Milazzo, who is quadriplegic, told American Reports on Monday that he needs to maintain a high temperature due to his condition, which brings him electricity bills that he cannot pay.
“I have to keep my body temperature elevated because I can’t regulate it,” Milazzo explained to host Sandra Smith.
Milazzo said his electricity supplier urged him to switch because wholesale prices soared during the storm, but he did not do so before charging him $3,000 for heating the house.
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“No provider allowed me to switch immediately. Basically, I was stuck with a $3,000 bill. I don’t know how I should pay now.”
The state’s electricity wholesaler Griddy talked about the price increase in a statement on its website last Thursday, writing: “We know you are angry, in fact, we are too.”
The company explained that the wholesale price surge was due to the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUCT) on Monday taking control of the Texas Electric Reliability Commission, which is responsible for the state’s grid operations and increased the wholesale price to $9 per kilowatt hour until The power grid can cope with the demand caused by winter storms.
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Milazzo said this experience was “quite difficult” for him because the power outages and water cuts across the state made him at a loss.
He said: “I have a nurse to help me every day. She lost water and lost strength, so I didn’t help all week.” “I worry that my electricity will go out and my water will go out, so I can’t Don’t fill the bathtub, fill the sink with water, just pray that nothing will happen.”
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Despite this, Milazzo is still doing his best to remain optimistic, admitting that he is “one of the lucky ones I still have power” and vowing to “be stronger for everyone” after his condition begins to recover for a long time.
Brie Stimson of Fox News contributed to this report.