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Texas is banning electricity companies from shutting off service for unpaid bills after storms caused prices to surge

• None Some Texans were hit with $5,000 utility bills after winter storms caused prices to surge.
• None On Sunday, regulators said electric providers are banned from shutting off service for unpaid bills.
• None A news release said the orders are “intended to be temporary, likely through the end of this week.”

The Public Utility Commission of Texas said Sunday that electricity companies would be temporarily banned from cutting off service due to unpaid bills.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the move earlier in the day, following an emergency meeting that was held on Saturday to address the surging electricity bills some Texans were receiving after the devastating winter storm.

In a news release about the moratorium, the PUCT said that they issued a series of orders timed to prevent Texans with unpaid bills from losing power on Monday. The orders are “intended to protect Texas electricity customers while leaders in the state consider solutions for the financial aftershocks of the winter storm grid event.”

The orders also included a continuation of a COVID-19 policy that requires electric providers to offer deferred payment plans by customer request. Read from source….