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What’s Going On With Texas Electricity? February 2021

What’s going on with Texas (ERCOT) electricity? And more importantly, why don’t I have lights?

Below we walk through what’s going on with Texas electricity during this brutal cold snap. We also have some ideas on why rolling blackouts have turned to 36+ hours without power in some areas.

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Ohio COVID-19 Electricity Bill Payment Assistance

Electricity bill payment assistance is a hot topic due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and business shut-down. Many consumers and small business owners in Ohio are concerned about paying their basic bills.

This list of FAQs covers some of the basics on Ohio electricity disconnection, payment plans and bill payment assistance.

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Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program – Bill Payment Assistance

Texas consumers have a new financial backstop to avoid electricity disconnection during the COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine.

If you need help paying bills, the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program can help. This program is designed to help those who can’t pay bills due to unemployment or economic hardship caused by COVID-19.

The Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program officially ended on August 31, 2020. The information below provides the history on this program, updates on any disconnection moratoriums due to weather events, and recommendations for electricity service.

Update March 1, 2021: On February 23, 2021, the Public Utility Commission of Texas issued a stoppage (moratorium) on all disconnections for customers who do not pay their power bills. This order follows a spike in power prices that is under investigation with the Texas legislator.

If you have an issue paying your electricity bill, you should contact your electricity provider to request a payment arrangement.

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Impact of Coronavirus on Texas Electricity Grid

In times of uncertainty, it’s natural for people to be concerned about those things that they can’t control. At ElectricityPlans.com we are working to get answers to some of the most common questions you may have about electricity reliability.

Will my power be disconnected if I can’t pay my bill?

What are electricity prices like right now?

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Texas Electricity Trends for 2020

Texas electricity rates in 2019 were relatively flat compared to the prior year. And if you were in a fixed rate contract throughout 2019, you had a secure price. But those who were on a variable rate or a wholesale index rate (i.e. Griddy Energy) had their rate explode in mid August when ERCOT hit a historic usage level.

So what will happen in 2020? It all depends. But indications are that market forces are driving up retail energy prices in the short term, and that long-term contracts might be the way to go this year.

>>Want the latest Texas electricity trends? Here are Texas Electricity Trends for 2021

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