Griddy Energy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Griddy Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, documents show.

The company has been ridiculed for its pricing structure after customers received bills for tens of thousands of dollars in the wake of February's brutal winter storm and power outage. Griddy charges $10 a month to give people a way to pay wholesale prices for electricity instead of a fixed rate. But when temperatures plummeted well below freezing last month, wholesale prices spiked and Griddy customers were left with sky-high electricity bills.

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In its filing, Griddy said it owed $29 million to ERCOT for energy costs, $1.2 million to CenterPoint for distribution costs, $1.1 million to Oncor, and another $1 million to Stripe for credit card processing services. It owed at least another $1 million to various other smaller energy companies.

The bills led to an outcry from public officials, a lawsuit from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and ERCOT revoking its access to the state's grid, effectively shutting the company down.

SEE ALSO: ERCOT revokes electricity provider Griddy's rights to operate due to 'payment breach'

At least 10,000 customers had been moved to other electricity providers when its access to the market was revoked.

"Griddy misled Texans and signed them up for services which, in a time of crisis, resulted in individual Texans each losing thousands of dollars," Paxton said in a statement. "As Texans struggled to survive this winter storm, Griddy made the suffering even worse as it debited outrageous amounts each day."

SEE ALSO: AG Ken Paxton sues electricity provider Griddy for 'deceptive practices'

Griddy said in a statement that ERCOT "took our members and have effectively shut down Griddy."

"We have always been transparent and customer-centric at every step. We wanted to continue the fight for our members to get relief and that hasn't changed," the statement said.

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Keaton Fox is ABC13's Sr. Manager, Data Strategy.
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