San Antonio mayor: There will be ‘hell to pay’ if Texans are handed bill for disaster
By Mark Dunphy February 22, 2021
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg called for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas — not individual residents — to pay for sky-high electricity bills generated by icy weather that left millions without power.
Some people in Texas who chose to pay wholesale prices for power were charged thousands of dollars after prices, typically as low as a couple of cents per kilowatt-hour, spiked to $9 per kilowatt-hour after the storm.
“It would be unconscionable for bills to go up and bills to be put on the backs of residents of the state that have been suffering and freezing in their homes for the last week through no fault of their own,” Nirenberg said. “This was a total failure by the state’s energy management, and they need to be held accountable.”
“There will be hell to pay if there is any notion that the residents of this state should pay for this disaster,” Nirenberg said.
Nirenberg’s comments followed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statement Saturday that it was “unacceptable” for Texans who spent days in freezing temperatures without power to receive astronomical energy bills.
The state has temporarily stopped companies from cutting off power for unpaid bills.