Alamo city Mayor Ron Nirenberg said he thinks the Electric Reliability Council of the Lone Star state — not individual residents — needs to pay for sky-high electricity bills. That was generated by icy weather that left millions without power.
In fact, some people in Texas already got bills for thousands of dollars. This was after prices spiking to $9 per kilowatt-hour after the storm. Moreover, they chose to pay whole prices. The price is typically as low as a couple of cents per kilowatt-hour.
Ron Nirenberg said during a CNN appearance Sunday, there would be “hell to pay.” If the public gets a bill.
“Bills being put on the backs of residents of the state is unconscionable. Given they just go up. The individuals of Texas have been suffering. Therefore, freezing in their homes for the last week through no fault of their own,” Nirenberg said. The state energy management created a total failure, and, as a result, they need to be held accountable.”
“That bill should be sent to ERCOT, added the mayor, that is as far as he’s concerned.
Initially, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a statement on Saturday. Abbott said he thought it was “unacceptable” for Texans who spending days in freezing temperatures. That didn’t get power to receive those enormous energy bills. Moreover, Ron Nirenberg’s comments of equal outrage followed suit.
Moreover, the state has temporarily stopped companies from cutting off power for unpaid bills.
Declaring a major disaster for much of Texas, President Joe Biden is what he did. Biden also included Bexar County, making federal funding available to communities.
The city of San Antonio is working with the state, Nirenberg told CNN. He also said the federal government and private philanthropy are ensuring residents do not have wait to fix busted pipes. In addition, to other weather-related issues.
City officials “weren’t given any notice” before blackouts began planning for the icy roads. Leaving people freezing in their homes for days, Nirenberg did not anticipate the blackouts. In fact, officials were giving very little chance to prepare the vulnerable community.