SAN ANTONIO – Two weeks before a deadly winter storm hit San Antonio, killing a nonetheless untold variety of folks, CPS Energy had turn into ‘seriously past due’ on bills for its custom-made weather platform, records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders affirm.
The invoices from DTN, a Minnesota-based weather providers company, totaled practically $8,900 and had gone unpaid for months, inner CPS records show.
“Be advised that your service may be disrupted if payment is not received within fifteen (15) days of the date of this email,” said a Feb. 1 e mail from DTN’s billing division, which alerted utility officers to the overdue stability of $8,886.69.
DTN gives the utility providers that embrace forecast graphics and mapping for extreme weather occasions.
The bill and e mail records have been launched following requests from the Defenders for all storm and weather-related communication between DTN, CPS and a meteorologist knowledge analyst employed to offer forecasting providers for the utility.
CPS officers didn’t reply to repeated requests from the Defenders, despatched over a number of weeks, to clarify the DTN bill points.
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A DTN spokeswoman late final month confirmed by way of e mail that its providers to the utility weren’t disrupted.
“I checked with the team in response to your inquiry,” the spokeswoman wrote. “The services provided by DTN were not interrupted to CPS Energy.”
Thursday, hours after the story was printed, a CPS spokesman apologized and stated he missed sending an accredited assertion after getting caught up within the subject.
We worth the necessary providers DTN gives and have been cooperatively working with them on cost for these providers. As a part of our monetary controls to guard our neighborhood’s funding in CPS Energy, we require appropriate buy orders and bill quantities to course of funds from all our distributors and suppliers. As we transitioned to a brand new contract with DTN, we famous some obvious variations between the contract phrases and the preliminary bill. We have been working collaboratively with DTN to handle our questions. In the meantime, they proceed to offer providers and we absolutely count on to pay the invoices as soon as we’ve got resolved these things.
John Moreno, CPS spokesman
Records additionally show that CPS’ meteorologist knowledge analyst, an area contractor who refers to himself on one social media platform as “Kid Cold Front,” despatched a photograph of himself smiling on board a lawnmower Feb. 18 to a CPS workers member.
The contractor informed the worker in an e mail included with the image, “If the snow doesn’t stop before midnight I will personally clear it with my snowmower.”
The obvious try at levity got here on a day that our bodies of people that froze to loss of life throughout the storm have been nonetheless being discovered inside space houses.
While native officers have but to offer knowledge on the variety of storm-related deaths right here, the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has attributed a minimum of two deaths throughout the storm to hypothermia.
An 87-year-old man discovered useless Feb. 19 had possible hypothermia together with an enlarged coronary heart, in keeping with a duplicate of his post-mortem report.
The report famous that he was present in a “hoarder-type residence with no power during the February 2021 Winter Storm.”
A second particular person, 64-year-old Nieves Barrientos, died of hypothermia Feb. 16.
Barrientos’ post-mortem, which said that she had 5 layers of clothes masking the highest half of her physique, famous that rashes masking her stomach and decrease physique have been presumably associated to chilly publicity.
“I told my husband ‘let’s go check on her,’ but the weather was really bad. So we had to wait,” stated Barrientos’ daughter, Evelia Aguilar.
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After Aguilar and her household have been in a position to safely journey to Barrientos’ close by house, a member of the family went inside and found that Barrientos had handed away.
Aguilar stated the house, which was with out energy, was so chilly inside that she and her household couldn’t really feel their palms or toes.
“Why? She was good, she was fine last night,” stated Aguilar, who added that her mom would typically keep along with her household and had survived a battle with COVID final year.
“She had gone through so much. And we never thought this was going to take her,” stated Aguilar.
Aguilar, who stated she blames CPS Energy for her mom’s loss of life, had not retained an lawyer on the time KSAT interviewed her, however was within the means of hiring one.
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