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  • Jul 2, 2021

Here is a disconnection moratorium map, as of March 23, 2021, for those who are interested in comparing Texas with the rest of the country. From the article: about a quarter million households in Austin and San Antonio are behind on bills, and the average past-due amount is around $600, according to the municipally owned utilities in those cities. Austin Energy, a publicly-owned utility, plans to resume disconnections sometime in early July. I am not sure whether the winter outage this past February also figures in the collections.

Of course, an end to the moratorium does not necessarily mean darkness in homes. Payment plans are an option. As are energy programs targeted at poor people. Re: the latter, advocacy organizations are arguing for longer plans stretched out over a period of time.   

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Matt Chester on Jul 2, 2021

Wow, that's a powerful (and fair) way to frame this-- kudos to these people for speaking up

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Richard Brooks on Jul 2, 2021

Grid resilience and resource adequacy are, first and foremost, a technical/engineering problem to solve. The events in Texas that led to this "awful situation" are a direct outcome of a poorly designed market where economists and politicians are the key market designers. Solve the engineering problem first, then craft economic and regulatory policy for the solution - that's how you make grid reliability and resilience the top priority in any wholesale market design. 

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