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.
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.
When it comes to electric power grids, supply and demand need to be in balance.
The power's been on and off for almost two days for millions in the Lone Star State.
There’s plenty of natural gas available to heat and power homes through the cold spell that’s gripping much of the U.S. The problem is getting it where it’s needed, and hiccups in that process can mean price spikes. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.