Woman suddenly hit with $1.3 million electric bill

Published On: Monday, January 7, 2013 6:00
By: John Roberts
Woman shocked seeing her electric bill
Everyone fears the opening of an electric bill, especially when the air conditioner increases the costs and maxes out a family budget.

However, when opening her recent electricity bill Kristin Harriger was beyond shocked. Instead of a bill for $100 or so that the single mother of Abilene, Texas, was waiting, there was a bill for $1,381,783.92, according to the news media.

"I opened it. I read it. Then it just went, 'Oh, my God. That's a lot of money," she told the news media.

She thought it was a joke at first, and took pictures to show the bill to friends. After contacting her utility company, Potentia Energy, found that it was not a joke, but a miscalculation. Instead of charging her normal 9 cents per kilowatt-hour rate, the utility charged her $1,000 per kilowatt-hour.

The $1,000 per kilowatt-hour is the rate well above the best deal for her. The Public Utility
Commission of Texas PowerToChoose.org website shows that Abilene residents can get between 8.2
to 12.1 cents per kilowatt hour, the news media reported.

The utility company acknowledged the error and told Harriger that a corrected bill would be sent to her.
Meanwhile, she has set aside $150 to pay the bill when the corrected one comes.
"I work on a budget," she told reporters. "I am a single mother of an autistic child. I get my bills and pay them."
I just can’t however pay a bill for $1.3 million.