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    April was a difficult month for many people in Texas, with massive tornadoes devastating some northern parts of the state. But while people were worrying about cleaning up their towns, at least some of them didn't have to worry about paying their electricity bills.

    The Dallas Morning News reports that two retail electricity providers, Direct Energy and First Choice Power, decided to provide relief to the tornado-stricken parts of the state in their own way – by giving residents a two-week grace period on their electricity bills.

    After the tornadoes that hit the state on April 4, both electricity companies gave customers in Dallas, Tarrant, Ellis and Kaufman counties until Wednesday, April 18, to pay any outstanding electricity bills.

    "Helping to support the communities in which our employees and customers live and work is always top of mind, and we strive to help out in whatever way possible, big and small," Jim Steffes, vice president and general manager of Direct Energy, said in a statement.

    First Choice Power, a long-time retail electricity provider in Texas, is a subsidiary of Direct Energy, which recently moved its headquarters to Houston.