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Some are facing another crisis after unusual icy weather left millions of Texans without power: sky-high electricity bills.

The price rise is affecting individuals who have chosen to pay wholesale prices for their electricity, which is typically cheaper than paying fixed rates during good weather, but can spike when electricity demand is high.

Many of those who have reported receiving large bills are electricity provider Griddy’s customers, which operates only in Texas.

Susan Hosford of Denison, Texas, is amongst them. She pays Griddy less than $2.50 for power on a typical February day. But after the storm, the cost of one day spiked to hundreds of dollars.

All in all, for the first two weeks of February, she was automatically charged US$1,346 ($1707), which was more than she had in her checking account, causing her bank to charge her overdraft fees and affect other bills.

“It was all a nightmare,” she said.

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