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Austin settles dispute over rates for customers outside city limits

From the March 11, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 11, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
The Austin, Texas, City Council unanimously approved a settlement agreement March 1 that will provide an overall discount on electric rates paid by the approximately 50,000 Austin Energy customers who reside outside the city limits. In total, the discounts will reduce Austin Energy revenues by about $5.75 million annually, the utility said.

The settlement resolves a rates challenge filed before the Public Utility Commission of Texas by Homeowners United for Rate Fairness (HURF), a group representing customers located outside Austin, the utility said. The group contested a rate increase instituted by Austin Energy last year, which was the utility’s first increase in base electric rates in 18 years. All parties and two administrative law judges have signed off on the settlement, which now goes to the PUC for approval. Action by the PUC is expected within 60 days, Austin Energy said. The settlement agreement will take effect with utility bills received beginning June 1, 2013.


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