How Texans Are Dealing With Outrageous Power Bills After Freezing Weather Subsides | NBC News NOW

Feb 22, 2021
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Many Texans are facing sky high electricity bills, some charged thousands of dollars for just the past few days due to the freezing weather. NBC News’ Stephanie Ruhle talks to a Texas resident who usually spends 49 dollars a month in electricity, and had a recent bill of 4,000 dollars.
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  • Don't pay it.

    Bigfoot ByrdBigfoot Byrd50 minutes ago
  • I guess moving from California to Texas was a waste...$$$

    Lady QuickLady Quick10 hours ago
  • Dear Texans deregulation SUCKS.

    Michael ToneyMichael Toney11 hours ago
  • hahaha capitalism at its finest

    asdfasdf11 hours ago
  • How do you have an outrageous power bill for Electricity you never Got????

    C SC S12 hours ago
  • Charging 1000s of dollars and not giving them power hahahahahaa robber's and crooks at its finest!!

    Jarred 333 other channelJarred 333 other channel13 hours ago
  • File bankruptcy

    Carlos HernandezCarlos Hernandez15 hours ago
  • Individuals signed up for market pricing, betting they would come out ahead over set pricing from the power company, they lost that bet. If you're going to Vegas you don't get to wine when you lose.

    BB17 hours ago
  • What a scam on the people... Were sorry about the electric system breaking down now pay us for your 2-4K power bill.

    JeepZJ 101JeepZJ 10118 hours ago
  • Let's make sure that FEMA funding doesn't line the pockets of stockholders. Use that funding for home repairs. Allow the electorate to vote out those who think this is a great idea.

    mary hershelmanmary hershelman18 hours ago
  • Really if we can spend millions on foreign aid you would think our spending crazed political reps would just write a check. Its their corporate overlords demanding this ridiculous rate.

    hawk6978hawk697818 hours ago
  • "Who needs food water and heat when you have good government?" -Old Soviet Proverb

    United Space PiratesUnited Space Pirates20 hours ago
  • What was that about California again

    pandabearmadnesspandabearmadness20 hours ago
  • Texas the Epicenter of those Mega-Churches with Rich Millionaire Pastors ,they all have to Start Paying Taxes ASAP!

    Capitano the GreatCapitano the Great21 hour ago
  • Texas is a Republican State, the Whole World knows that, infact the Whole Milky Way Galaxy knows that too lol , and this Failure is the Result of their Policies. That Governor of Texas Greg Abbott needs to be Fired or he must Resign but instead he blame others, pointing fingers except himself . He is the "Cancer" of all Problems Texas is Facing now...

    Capitano the GreatCapitano the Great21 hour ago
  • Ask Ted Cruz! WTF! 🐑🐑🔥💩

    Dave CDave C21 hour ago
  • Idiots !

    Richard VazquezRichard Vazquez21 hour ago
  • Texans: Keep your government out of our lives and business! Also Texans: Help Help! Someone in the government save us!

    Yo BooYo Boo23 hours ago
  • "Greedy "?

    Katie TKatie TDay ago
  • Didn’t the private business fail to keep their system “winterized”??

    2jzk2jzkDay ago
  • Lol isnt it ironically funny that their electric bills were jacked up by a company named Griddy?

    Greg RizalGreg RizalDay ago
  • It's not confusing , evil companies.

    Irritating IndianaIrritating IndianaDay ago
  • So no one read the fine print?

    dotdot pointpointdotdot pointpointDay ago
  • They either pay or they will cut the electricity off again

    Herman RogersHerman RogersDay ago
  • They must pay

    Herman RogersHerman RogersDay ago
  • It is non preparedness for disaster and lack of leadership...Texas have Senator who goes to vacation in the middle of a disaster and a governor who lacks accountability except to blame others for his lack of disaster.

    voluptuouslyprettyvoluptuouslyprettyDay ago
  • only if they had solar penels things would have been cheaper.

    Counter IntelligenceCounter IntelligenceDay ago
  • They don’t deserve any handouts and they should have to pay every cent! After all that’s what an insensitive is. Plus if they do except any help it’s Socialism and I don’t think anyone in Texas wants Socialism!

    Wake UpWake Up2 days ago
  • The people of Texas chose this system believing their Governor would put regulations ( a cap ) on the amount the companies could increase payments but he failed to do so most likely because he is getting some type of kick backs.

    ki Pki P2 days ago
  • Sorry Texas, but you guys signed up for that. No federal help without change.

    J CRJ CR2 days ago
  • The left waitress pathomorphologically subtract because event simultaneously raise beyond a high-pitched october. unhealthy, attractive key

    Marcus DanchisionMarcus Danchision2 days ago
  • They'll probably keep talking about this till 2022.

    Grand Master YodafartsGrand Master Yodafarts2 days ago
  • It’s still heavy traffic in the Bay Area, CA highways. More people need to leave to move to Texas or anywhere where there’s Arctic freezing weather.

    Lana BernLana Bern2 days ago
  • The utilities are NOT paying more. That is a LIE!!!! They are raking in massive profits!!!!

    George TurnerGeorge Turner2 days ago
  • What's your "Governor " for ??? Too busy for tanning

    Jason LeJason Le2 days ago
  • Perhaps before Texas secedes it should first learn to take care of itself.

    Florida Black BearFlorida Black Bear2 days ago
  • Jacking energy bills after refusing to weatherize leaving the entire state in a crisis, is a crime. The company caused this problem. Tax payers should not have to foot the bill.

    Anne ONeillAnne ONeill2 days ago
  • Utility Strike, people! Nobody pays until ERCOT dies and we get on the national grid! They can't shut us off if they can't pay their workers!

    Micah SchweitzerMicah Schweitzer2 days ago
  • A judge said don’t pay those huge bills.

    Tracey EdwardsTracey Edwards2 days ago
  • Beautiful wright wing of capitalism , keep voting republicans

    Boris KovacicBoris Kovacic2 days ago
  • Well capitalism

    Joe HikuJoe Hiku2 days ago
  • it's time for Texas to join Russia, Putin does everything for the people, taxes are low, and health insurance is free

    AlexAlex2 days ago
  • Thought about leaving California for Texas screw that is either going to be Vegas or Arizona now

    C UC U2 days ago
  • Boo hoo to them. They voted for this. They should have to pay. Then maybe they'll wake up and vote progressive

    Trevor ChapmanTrevor Chapman2 days ago
  • 1) they do not winterize and go as far as having a *_stand alone grid to evade federal regulations_* (no one else does that if they CAN connect to a larger grid. Texas and maybe North Korea). 2) no backup from other states or Canada IF their (unprepared) providers fail 3) they fail misearbly 4) when they return to the grid they make up for lost revenue by price gouging. Which is illegal during an emergency btw 3) when it was the worst they lost 40 % of electricity production AND a lot of natural gas for HEATING (pipelines also not winterized) so people TRIED to compensate with electricity 4) when the unprepared providers finally returned to the grid they were able to charge extortion prices, way beyond their production costs. They had no or reduced revenue for a few days, but they can easily make up for that. There is no power from out of state that would solve the scarcity situation (so they could not profit from the scarcity situation THEY crated. Not only have the clients to live with the blackouts, and the damages (frozen pipe situation would have been much better) They pushed flexible pricing (which is not even a thing in other states).

    Xyz SameXyz Same2 days ago
  • Electricity leans strongly into direction of natural monopoly. Texas chose to have a race to the bottom regarding prices and to evade federal regulation (with the small costs for preparedness that the large energy use do not want) they chose to have a STAND ALONE GRID. It is a closed scene (to avoid the word "market").

    Xyz SameXyz Same2 days ago
  • This video failed it’s title. It did not even slightly explain how Texans are dealing with their power bills. I expect better of you, NBC.

    I Am MeI Am Me2 days ago
  • Someone is LAUGHING ALL THE WAY to the bank. Probably a buddy of Rick Perry too.

    RainManRainMan2 days ago
  • It’s funny how the Jesus freaks don’t see ANY of this, as “God” giving them a sign that Conservative politics is going to destroy this country. 🤣

    Bork Bork BorkBork Bork Bork2 days ago
  • Texas wants to be its own government, nothing but stupid Republicans. Wake up America you can't fix stupid

    DJT lying POS SucksDJT lying POS Sucks2 days ago
  • ITS A SET UP!!!!,. management knows there's money to be made!! Similar to gas refinery explosion,. RESULTS HIGH GAS PRICES!!!

    Edmund CaseyEdmund Casey2 days ago
  • I paid the bill with Monopoly money and I received a text reply a few days later... "Thank you for your payment."

    Lord VaderLord Vader2 days ago
  • Wow.. The Name "Giddy" Sounds like a company you create just to collect, bankrupt and fold... Buut since theres no regulations theres no rules so that'd be totally legal. Texas, you are FOOLS if you continue to vote Republican.

    Colino DeaniColino Deani2 days ago
  • This is the kind of things Texans celebrate. They made their collective bed now they need to lie in it. They need to understand that unregulated capitalism has its consequences.

    Sionnach MacBradaighSionnach MacBradaigh2 days ago
  • I don't care about them, that's what they get for voting Republican, I hope they all suffer & have to pay all those thousands of dollars to those huge electric companies...

    Dillinger R.Dillinger R.2 days ago
  • Ted Cruz should pay for all of Texan residents..

    LiliaLilia2 days ago
  • Band together Texans and go after these privately owned energy companies and go after your state government for allowing this to happen. Sue the crap out of them!

    K CuzzK Cuzz3 days ago
  • Zero sympathy for warming your second home.

    TadowskyTadowsky3 days ago
  • Apparently this is funny to the rest of the country so much for "United".

    Incog SpectatorIncog Spectator3 days ago
  • Ahhh my old boi CAPITALISM. Isn't it BEAUTIFUL my fellow Texans/Americans?

    over9000over90003 days ago
  • Cannot wait Texas turns blue lol

    T HT H3 days ago
  • First they fail to keep the power on, then they price gouge insanely. Law suits for a long time.

    CAUTIOUS1CAUTIOUS13 days ago
  • And now y'all want the government to be involved to save the day.

    nathan nataatmadjanathan nataatmadja3 days ago
  • 😒WTF! 💡🧾🔦💸That's just some of the dumbest thing I ever heard. I understand if they used power. But if it's off how does the meter run to even count the usage. Watch the water company is next billing everyone.

    BeauTeyMafia Design'sBeauTeyMafia Design's3 days ago
  • If I was Biden, I would say you want bailed out. Fine, here is the money and there is going to be a tax on electricity to pay for it in Texas, and a nice little extra for the taxpayers in the rest of the country...we will reduce their electric Bill's by a corresponding amount

    Lou ArmstrongLou Armstrong3 days ago
  • This is what happens with deregulation! SURPRISE, IDIOTS.

    NoVacantNamesNoVacantNames3 days ago
  • Probably tied to all these Bill Gates green energy mandates.

    Stop the greedy money printing crooks for AshliStop the greedy money printing crooks for Ashli3 days ago
  • Hard to say who was at fault here but why did the power company's shut down in the first place.

    Stop the greedy money printing crooks for AshliStop the greedy money printing crooks for Ashli3 days ago
  • How can the power price be so expensive when the power has been off?

    Tamara HenriTamara Henri3 days ago
    • I read that during an emergency price gouging is forbidden. Now the hotels might get away with it (the wife of Ted Cruz complained about high hotel prices in Texas, that gave them the idea to flee to Cancun. Cost flyin' Ted likely his 2024 presidential run ;) - but the energy providers are easier to catch, their business model is more standardized. And in the hotels the consumers at least knew the high prices in advance and could make an informed choice, we can assume that only wealthy individuals checked in for 1000 USD per night (I hope that was at least for 2 persons in a double).

      Xyz SameXyz Same2 days ago
    • providers failed to prepare. Texan politicians wanted a race to the bottome regarding electricity prices. Preparedness was not mandated, it would cut into profits. Worse: some providers have problems with the margins already, they are not going to invest if it is not a level playing field (with mandates). Federal regulations would have avoided the worst, at slightly higher prices. TX politicians want to attract industries that use a lot of energy and those companies (big donors) resent modestly higher prices (that would include the costs for reserves and making the equipment cold / heat proof). They could easily pay, they just do not want to. They pay those prices in all other states and in other nations. And TX politicians wanted those extremely low prices (with cutting corners) as special attraction of Texas (plus MORE big donors ! for them) so they can lure in companies from other states (states that are now supposed to bail them out via federal government). Tx politicians look good, lots of jobs, also jobs in construction. For geographic reasons some nations or regions must have a stand alone grid (separated by deserts, mountain ranges. Or islands) - but a nation or region that can, will connect to a larger grid. Only Texas - or maybe North Korea (If China accepts them, they would gladly cooperate with them, not sure if they are connected). Stand alone grids COST more, they also have to provide for all the reserves for emergencies by themselves (they miss out on the backup of other states). Or one nation or province has a surplus, so it helps with costs if they import and export. The Texas sitution is unique, because they have so much fossil fuels and they have a lot of consumption to match that. So they CAN be cheap despite being a closed "market". Their politicians will also do nothing to promote energy saving. After all their buddies cannot export much - not part of a larger grid - so they NEED high ongoing consumption _IN Texas._ but when they lose so much production they have extreme scarcity. They also do not store oil or gas. They get that from ongoing extraction. Well they had a lot of technical problems with that too because of the unusual cold. Then the providers returned to the grid. Households and companies got power again (sometimes). But the closed "market" had much higher demand than usual. Because of the cold and because they also lost natural gas for heating. No imports from out of state possible - the prices would be slightly higher but no extortion prices, the Southwest grid is large and includes Canada, some providers have reserves - 'cause federal regulations - and would gladly activate them for a reasonable price. If in a large net all keep _some_ reserves and can deliver the resources (power, food, staff....) in an emergency to the other participants than all participants can make do with less reserves and can still have a high level of resilience - compared to when they are on their own in an emergency. Some consumers have those "flexible" plans where the consumer prices are tied to the auction wholesale prices. Consumption is very differently throughout the season in Texas, normally it is the highest in summer. I guess it made sense for some consumers and no doubt was skillfully marketed. The wholesale auction prices rose to extrem levels because of the scarcity - because of an epic failure of political and industrial leadership.

      Xyz SameXyz Same2 days ago
    • They had extreme scarcity because they lost 40 % of electricity production (when it was the worst) and also the natural gas for heating, so demand for electricity shot up even more. - To avoid federal regulation (incl. the demand to winterize) Texas has a Stand Alone Grid. That means they do not export or import much form other states (if they do that they would be part of the grid and subject to regulation.) That means they do not have the infrastruture to get a lot of electricity from out of state in case of an emergency, they do not have the powerlines, never mind the legalities (maybe those could be overcome by emergency orders - of big bad federal government. but not lack of infrastructure) Normally Texas can produce the electricity they need. And some consumers opted for the flexible plans. They have higher prices in summer when electricity demand goes up, so consumers can save costs if they reduce consumption then. or they leave during summer and live there in the cooler seasons.

      Xyz SameXyz Same2 days ago
  • This is why I'm curious to know if that class-action lawsuit against the power company has merit. I mean if you sign up for it, they can increase the power based on usage.

    Puff Of SmokePuff Of Smoke3 days ago
  • The federal government and blue states should not be bailing out the bad ideas and reckless decisions of red states and their residents. It's just subsidizing stupidity.

    Bruce VillaBruce Villa3 days ago
  • The federal government shouldn’t pay. They didn’t want the gov let the businesses desk with it

    J AJ A3 days ago
  • How could you not know? What did they think deregulating meant?

    J AJ A3 days ago
  • Evolution of The Alamo!

    Raymon VincentRaymon Vincent3 days ago
  • There crying because They got exactly what they asked for Fuckum

    Kevin MartinKevin Martin3 days ago
  • I miss America

    Smile OneSmile One3 days ago
  • That is SO unfair it's Ercots fault not the customers! The people who were impacted by this shouldn't have to pay a dime! This is completely the fault of the company.

    Melanie McCauleyMelanie McCauley3 days ago
  • Don't pay the bill. What are they gonna do turn the power off...😏

    Jessica AtkinsJessica Atkins3 days ago
  • Very good... new orleans, then puerto rico and now texas.... one by one... our nation is being destroyed... and no one has a problem with this

    Lex ClavLex Clav3 days ago

    S RS R3 days ago
  • Welp 🤷🏽‍♀️ Texas.. u got what u asked for

    C ShottaC Shotta3 days ago
  • Second home ...??? Oh boo hoo

    Simon DavisSimon Davis3 days ago

    BOKING Performance FitnessBOKING Performance Fitness3 days ago
  • Corporate Public Utility "PRICE-GOUGING" in collusion elected "LIE-MAKERS" allowing ordinary Texas Consumers be made bankrupt, like sheep to be sheered while millions of dollars are doled out in Executive Bonusing and High Paid Lobbyists making donations to Elected "Lie-Makers.... Voters in Texas better wake up soon if they care about their children's future.

    john doejohn doe3 days ago
  • when your bill fluctuates with the market is risky. you can thank biden for your spike in your bill. the market has been down for a week now.

    kettle rkettle r3 days ago
    • @Vanmyster94 awe did the truth hurt your precious little feelings? careful. its 77 degrees out. we don't want you to melt. fuxking pansy

      kettle rkettle r3 days ago
  • How can they charge that if you had no power

    greg williamsgreg williams3 days ago
    • btw price gouging during an emergency is illegal and Biden already ! declared an emergency on Feb. 14. The White House did listen to the weather forecast I am not sure Texans were duly warned by their state government. - these flexible plans are likely tied to the wholesale auctions / industry prices. And since Texas is not on the large grid and they allowed that emergency situation to happen - prices shot up in the auctions because of the scarcity.

      Xyz SameXyz Same2 days ago
    • the politicians and providers did not prepare. When the cold front hit them (punctually after 10 years) the providers failed miserably. Again ! This time it was worse than in 2011. At the height of the crisis they lost 40 % of electricity production AND have also failed to winterize the natural gas pipelines. They are not in the frost free zone (cutting corners for construction costs, once in 30 or more years lifetime) so instruments, controls fail, water condensates IN the gas and causes problems. They do not have enough natural gas storage anyway for emergencies even IF the technology would be cold proof. Storage / reserves costs money. NO gas for heating, so even MORE demand for electricity. When the providers returned to the grid, to do their job, they asked for extortion prices. In this closed off market (not on the larger grid to evade reasonble federal regulation) they have auctions for electricity and in that situation prices shot up. And they could not import a lot. They (politicians likely on behalf of their big donors) arranged for Texas to be a closed market - I think 20 years ago or even longer In order to be on the large national grid they would need to accept federal regulations that would mandate to prepare for extreme events (cold, heat, hurricanes) and likely to have some reserves. Maybe also some consumer protection. A Tx governor not so long ago sued the EPA to avoid having to winterize. (the very thing that could have avoided the worst now). Refusing to abide by common sense regulation meant also no access to the large grid - so no backup form the other Southwestern states and Canada. In their Stand Alone Grid they do not routinely export and import a lot of electricity - so they do not have the infrastructure to import a lot in an emergency. Since electricity had become a scarce resource in that small "market" hit by a cold snap they neglected to prepare for - the providers demand extortion prices if and when they can do their job (again). Why ? Because they can- and way beyond costs of production. So they missed out on revenue for a few days, but they can make up for that. And they never had to invest the money to avoid most of the problems in the first place. They pushed for flexible tariffs. And allowed for contracts w/o caps. such contracts seem to be reasonable. If Texans reduce A/C use when demand is high they can save costs. Of course they can also save costs if the kwH is slightly more expensive (costs of peparedness added) and that motivates them to consume less electricity. Not only to delay use, but to cut it out. On the other hand much more could be saved if the state would mandate other building codes (they should have 30 years ago, would save a lot of energy for A/C in summer, and would have helped now). But the providers and politicians do not want that: Texas can only run the Stand Alone Grid * at low prices because it has so much energy, but it also needs a lot of consumption (squandering). The providers cannot export (not part of the larger grid) - so they want to sell a lot in Texas. They cannot grow into another region if Texans would become more energy efficient. The less energy you need to function the more resilient the system is. so that whole racket gives incentives in the wrong direction. * New Zealand or Iceland or the islands of Hawaii also have a Stand Alone Grid, they can't help it as islands. But they would connect to a grid if they could. No nation or region cuts itself off from a larger grid. Only Texas - not sure about North Korea, but if the Chinese will have them they will gladly join up ! and likely it costs the islands more because they have to provide the emergency reserves all by themselves.

      Xyz SameXyz Same2 days ago
    • providers cause the scarcity. They do not prepare, the government even has cut off Texas from much larger grids (potential backup !! for emergencies) to evade federal regulation, that would have forced them to prepare. Providers likely lobbied for that state of affairs. Then they fail miserably in a predictable event. 1989 / 2011 * / 2021 winter strom and cold snap of Feb. 2011 was bad, but the federal commission could only give recommendations, not force Texas to upgrade. And now 2021. some warning shots **, highly unusual cold snaps. Predictions of Climate scientists that such events will happen more often. ** Florida and parts of the Arctic had the same temperature for 1 - 2 days. Around freezing point. During the Arctic WINTER. When it should have - 22 F and not + 32 F (- 30 C and not 0). That cold snap did not last long and it was not that cold so it did not do much damage in Florida. THEN. I took notice. The politicians in the Southern states should have taken notice.

      Xyz SameXyz Same2 days ago
    • Thank you! That's just some of the dumbest thing I ever heard. I understand if they used power. But if it's off how does the meter run to even count the usage. Watch the water company is next billing everyone.

      BeauTeyMafia Design'sBeauTeyMafia Design's3 days ago
  • Can you say class action suit

    greg williamsgreg williams3 days ago
  • Where is the federal government ?

    steve woodwardsteve woodward4 days ago
  • that is insane

    Sara IsraelSara Israel4 days ago
  • Hehe $49 a month for electric. Rest of the country paying 10x more all year every year even in normal weather. Hopefully y’all put aside some of that $ you’ve saved over the years getting such cheap power.

    Summer WestSummer West4 days ago
    • I pay btw $27 to $57 a month for a one bedroom apt in Florida

      Lou ArmstrongLou Armstrong3 days ago
  • It's legal to rob you blind.

    william louiewilliam louie4 days ago
    • Yes, Jesse James was small time compared to Texas energy companies

      Vengeance DragonVengeance Dragon4 days ago
  • This is ridiculous! The federal government needs to pass laws to protect citizens from companies abusing their customers no matter what state they live in.

    Glen WhatleyGlen Whatley4 days ago
  • What a scam 😡

    alexiastsalexiasts4 days ago
  • The Texas utilities should pay for the fact they did not maintain there Equiptmemt. The people of the United States should not pay for the bills. Texas wants to be independent let them figure how to make the utilities pay.

    Susan YoungSusan Young4 days ago
  • Under no circumstances should the federal government bail out the energy price gougers, market manipulators, and disaster profiteers in the Texas energy market. It is evident that Wall Street/Houston energy traders exploited this disaster to extort money from the people of Texas and country. Screw those weasels!

    EclecticOneEclecticOne4 days ago
  • and she smiles while she says this man has a $4000 bill.. white privileged out of touch b.

    Thedar71Thedar714 days ago
  • Yea you should have known because greed is good down in Texas. Of course it could fluctuate.

    kale nkale n4 days ago
  • Wow, Texas. Time to go solar and pellet wood stoves, and propane stove & refrig. My heart goes out to you & my best friend down there. In Kansas City, I pay my light bill twice a year, $300 in June, and $387 ($43 mth avg) in Sept for Sept thru May. That's a normal utility bill. Regulation can be a good thing.

    Annie in KCAnnie in KC4 days ago
    • KC is a warm place though but I agree about regulation

      Vengeance DragonVengeance Dragon4 days ago
  • Next time the people should just disconnect the electrical meter and switch to a gas operated generator or have solar panels in times like these.

    Summer TeaSummer Tea4 days ago
  • hope they don't get a bailout, it would be unfair to those who paid their electric bills

    TheUsername217TheUsername2174 days ago