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Some Texans face high electricity bills
Some Texans will have to deal with surprisingly high electric bills.
Most residents enter into one of two types of contracts with energy providers: a higher fixed or variable rate. With variable, customers take risks and can pay low rates when demand is low and higher rates when demand increases.
Meghan O’Neill, a Houston resident, paid more than $ 2,000 in two days. Your February bill is now over $ 3,000.
“It’s like, okay, do I feed my family or run the heat, which one do I do?” O’Neill said.
Joshua Rhodes, an energy expert at the University of Texas, said those with fixed rates could also pay more in the future.
“That effect will come later, as utilities and the like assess, you know, how much money they need to get back,” Rhodes said. “… In the end, the customer always pays, you know, at the end of this.”
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San Antonio to open water distribution stations
The San Antonio Water System announced Thursday that it will begin providing water distribution at seven pump locations in the city. Residents will receive up to five gallons per person and are advised to boil the water they receive as a precaution.
The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Food Bank will also provide bottled water distribution at sites around the city.
San Antonio has experienced water outages due to the winter weather emergency, and the San Antonio Water System issued a boil water notice Wednesday for customers who still have access to water.
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Winter Storms Interrupt COVID Vaccine Effort as Variants Fuel New Fears
As Americans yearn for their pre-pandemic lives, the distribution of coronavirus vaccines is being delayed as winter storms hit the US The disease has affected not just how Americans live, but how long. Jonathan Vigliotti reports for “CBS Evening News.”
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34 deaths related to winter storm
As of Friday morning, 34 deaths were related to severe winter weather in seven states.
Most of the deaths were in Texas, with 20 residents dying from storm-related incidents. This is where they happened: Houston (7), Taylor County (6), Sugarland (4), Galveston County (2), and San Antonio (1).
Earlier this week, a grandmother and three children died in a house fire in Sugarland. City officials said the neighborhood was without power. The cause of the fire is under investigation.