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Texans in the past years have experienced relatively low rates, but it is looking to consistently go up in the next few years. Increasing costs in natural gas and power supplies struggling to keep up with rising demand look to be the reason. In 2019, the Department of Energy reported prices increased 4.1 percent in the past two years. Residential electric bills in Texas increased by 17% and averaged $134 in February 2021 compared with $115 in February 2020.
The strenuous weather in February exposed major issues in the power structure. Natural gas pipelines and wind turbines froze up in Texas, causing a loss in supply of electricity, meanwhile the demand remained high, causing wholesale prices to shoot up. Although the drastic increase in wholesale prices was short-term, the impact on the state’s electrical infrastructure will be felt for decades.
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) claims that there will be record high prices during the summer months for electricity customers. The shutdowns of three of the state’s largest coal-fired generating plants have driven the state’s power reserves down to their lowest in more than ten years.
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