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SURGING RATES: Jason Thomas, co-founder and partner at Vault Energy Solutions, has posted a report on the company's website regarding the surge in electricity rates. He indicated that this summer -- and beyond -- could be the most expensive period ever for electricity in Texas.

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish which is causing more suffering — the brutal Texas heat from one of the hottest summers the state has ever seen, or the ensuing electric bills that come with trying to battle the sizzling onslaught.

Jason Thomas, co-founder and partner at Vault Energy Solutions, notes that electricity rates in Texas are the highest they’ve been in 13 years, with no sign of a decrease in sight. Temperatures in North Texas are expected to stay around or over 100 degrees for some time, with some parts of Texas possibly reaching as high as 114, according to some forecasters. These are actual temperatures, with the heat index being even higher.