Texas utility officials won’t reverse $16 billion in electricity overcharges

“It's just nearly impossible to unscramble this sort of egg," says state utility chair.


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March 5, 2021 - 4:37 PM

Bills are still being sorted out in the aftermath of the massive failure of the the main power grid in Texas. Photo by (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman/TNS)

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas utility regulators have rejected a recommendation that they reverse about $16 billion in overcharges for wholesale electricity that were racked up during the massive failure of the state’s utility grid last month because of a pricing error by the grid’s operator.

“It’s just nearly impossible to unscramble this sort of egg,” Arthur D’Andrea, the new chair of the Public Utility Commission, said during a commission meeting Friday.

Potomac Economics, a Virginia-based firm that’s paid by the state to provide an arm’s-length assessment of the Texas power grid, recommended Thursday in a letter to the commission that the overcharges — which were billed to retail electric providers, distributors and others — be reversed by retroactively lowering wholesale electricity prices over a 32-hour period beginning Feb. 18.

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