6,484 Texans died during the February, 2021 FREEZE? I didn’t know this! Did you?

  1. Do you know how many Texans died in The Feb.’21 Freeze?
  2. Did you get a New Regulatory Fee on your Electric Bill?

Let’s answer the First Question-The winter storm and outages occurred during the winter 2021 COVID-19 wave in Texas. A total of 6,484 Texans died during the seven-day period, the eighth-deadliest week during the pandemic, according to state health department data. Excluding the coronavirus deaths makes the spike in fatalities clearer. Feb 18, 2022.

AND WE WERE TOLD IT WAS ONLY 284 Texans DIED before. BULLSHIT!

Did Texas undercount 2021’s freeze deaths? For Political Reasons? COVID and historical patterns cannot explain spike

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Did-Texas-undercount-2021-freeze-deaths-COVID-16928281.php#:~:text=The%20winter%20storm%20and%20outages,the%20spike%20in%20fatalities%20clearer.

Okay, that’s a Tough Number to Swallow! I cannot forget because I have two fingers in constant pain now because they were Burned during this Period because of the way Our Electricity got Turned Off and On over and over again.

But let’s look at that 2nd Question.

Here’s a Copy of My BTU Electric Bill. See that Regulatory Fee? And I Called them and ASKED What is this?

And the Customer Representative told me that it was a New ERCOT FEE added on to my BTU Electric Bill. And I wanted to know more. So, I wrote ERCOT and after an ample number of days, I wrote the Texas Public Utility Commission. So look at why I wrote?

Did you enjoy these Astronomical Costs from ERCOT in July or didn’t you NOTICE? Look at two Pics I took pictures of!. But honestly, I don’t give BTU a long leash as they were charging us so they could have a Suite at KYLE FIELD at one time and I wonder if they are doing it again?

And did you Watch the ERCOT DASHBOARDS for July, 2022? Why do I ask? Did you NOTICE this?

That Electricity Cost jumped up to over $5,100 Dollars on July 13, 2022. Unbelievable Right?

Or this?

That’s over $2000 on July 11, 2022.

But let’s look at that Regulatory Fee, Okay? It’s Only $38.77 but do we Deserve it when we got HAMMERED with a Hungry ERCOT for Money?

So, I wrote ERCOT and asked about it. And I wrote the PUC about it after ERCOT didn’t respond. Here’s what I wrote-

Dear ERCOT,

On my latest BTU Electric Bill in Bryan Texas, I had a New Charge.  

It is Regulatory Charge for $38.77

I called BTU and asked them what this was.  They said it was the New ERCOT Charge from ERCOT and not theirs.  I never agreed to this New Charge.

Can you please explain to me why I was charged $38.77 on my Electric Bill for ERCOT?

I have included a photo of my Bill.

I am a US Army Veteran, Retired, and on Fixed Income.  

That doesn’t sound like much money but it’s a lot to me.

Your help with an explanation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully Yours,

James Brown

And I got No Response

So, I wrote the Texas Public Utility Commission-

Dear Folks,

I got my Utility Electric Bill and I was upset to see the New ERCOT Regulatory Fee.  

I called BTU, my electricity Provider, about it.  And they told me that it was a Fee straight from ERCOT.  I added my Bill to show you.  I also added two Pics from July on the ERCOT Dashboards.  

So I wrote ERCOT the following-

Dear ERCOT,

On my latest BTU Electric Bill in Bryan Texas, I had a New Charge.  

It is Regulatory Charge for $38.77

I called BTU and asked them what this was.  They said it was the New ERCOT Charge from ERCOT and not theirs.  I never agreed to this New Charge.

Can you please explain to me why I was charged $38.77 on my Electric Bill for ERCOT?

I have included a photo of my Bill.

I am a US Army Veteran, Retired, and on Fixed Income.  

That doesn’t sound like much money but it’s a lot to me.

Your help with an explanation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully Yours,

James Brown

Folks,

ERCOT still hasn’t replied to my request for an explanation about this Regulatory Fee. (At end of this Blog, you can read what ERCOT said which I received August 8, 2024)

I still don’t understand this at all.  It sure seems to me that ERCOT has just become akin to a Las Vegas Card Dealer in Las Vegas now using a MARKED Deck of Cards.  If they aren’t better controlled. They’ll steal no telling how much money from Texans.  

Here in Bryan Texas, a new ERCOT Regulatory Fee of $38.77 × about 58,000 Customers is over $2.2 Million Dollars a Year.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers — representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load.

$38.77 times 26 million customers equals 

$1,008,020,000 per month.  Over $12 Billion in a Year!

What’s really going on?  Where’s this Money going? Am I lawfully being charged for a Regulatory Fee I never signed up for?Can you please explain all of this to me?

Respectfully Yours,

James Brown

And I got this back from the PUC-

Forwarded message ———
From: Customer Service <customer@puc.texas.gov>
Date: Fri, Aug 5, 2022, 1:33 PM
Subject: RE: I am Requesting an Explanation, please
To: James Brown <

Good afternoon:

Thank you for contacting the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The Commission regulates the rates and services for certain electric, water and local landline telephone utilities. Unfortunately, we do not have jurisdiction over municipally owned utilities. They are governed locally by the City Council and Office of the Mayor.

For further assistance, we recommend that you contact your city council representative or mayor as your concern falls outside of our jurisdiction.

Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions.

Sincerely,

 Customer Protection DivisionPublic Utility Commission of TexasP.O. Box 13326Austin, TX  78711-3326Toll-Free: (888) 782-8477|Fax: (512) 936-7003 

So, what’s going on with this New ERCOT Regulatory Fee?

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/08/04/texas-energy-industry-donations-legislature/

Today,

I got an Answer from ERCOT!

Dear Mr. Brown,

Thank you for contacting ERCOT.  Your question related to your electric service and associated bill should be directed to your local utility.  It is possible that items on your electric bill may be related to charges your utility received from ERCOT as a result of legislation enacted after winter storm Uri in 2021 but the entity that you should ask for an explanation of the source of the charges is your local utility. 

Let us know if we can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,

  ERCOT Client Services2705 West Lake Drive | Taylor, TX 76574Email: askercot@ercot.com