Brazos Electric's filing could be an ominous sign as other Texas power providers assess the damage after the extreme weather.
And those hits ripple through to grocery stores, where there are still some limits on buying things like milk and eggs.
While the mandate deals with the power problem, gas and water are not addressed.
Some pivoted to help their communities. Others have received support from their customers.
Some have reported energy bills as high as $17,000.
By the middle of the week, the Austin Fire Department had already responded to some 700 burst pipe complaints.
Jess Evans, who runs an Austin trivia company, is "so cold and so worried about the business." A strong internet connection is her priority.
The state is limiting natural gas to human resource use, like heating homes.
In Austin, as well as at distribution hubs in San Antonio and Dallas, vaccine operations have been paused again Wednesday.