Texas woman receives $1.4 million electric bill with $66,000 late fee
Electricity isn’t cheap, especially this time of year as air conditioners run nonstop during hot summer months, but one Texas woman recently received the shock of her life recently.
Kristin Harriger of Abilene, Texas, opened up her electric bill to find she owed $1,381,783.92.
She immediately contacted her provider, Potentia Energy, and was told that the bill was an error, human or computer. She was told she could ignore it, and that she would not have to pay it or the $66,000 late fee. The utility, she says, apologized profusely.
Potentia says it found upon inspection that the bill had been flagged by internal auditors and had been marked held. It was mistakenly sent out by a third-party vendor.
Breaking it down, Harriger was paying 100,000 cents, or $1,000, per kilowatt hour. The normal rate ranges from 8.2 cents to 12.1 cents.