In addition, the electricity bills of households that continued to be supplied in the last week arrived at exorbitant values due to high demand
It’s been a week since one of the worst blizzards in recent years has reached U.S, causing temperatures to drop to -18ºC and causing at least 70 deaths across the country. THE Texas, however, remains in a state of emergency, with a shortage of markets and millions of homes without Water e electricity. It is estimated that 8.6 million people living in the state are not getting any drops of water from their taps. The rest are receiving water that is not potable, as the treatment plants have run out of electricity. In addition, in many homes the cold caused the water to freeze inside the pipes, which burst due to pressure and ended up causing leaks once the ice melted.
Another crisis that Texans are facing is that of electricity. Millions of people were left without electricity at home, but those who had no cuts received bills that reach five digits due to the low supply and high demand. The Texas grid operator used to charge $ 50 per megawatt / hour. After the snowstorm, the figure reached a ceiling of $ 9,000 for most of last week. The American newspaper The New York Times reported the case of a Dallas resident who had to pay $ 16,000 for a few days of energy use, which exhausted his savings. The mayor of Houston asked the federal government to pay for electricity bills, while the United States Congress is discussing new strategies to regulate this market.