OUR MISSION

The Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC) was created by the Texas Legislature in 1983 to represent our state’s residential and small commercial consumers, as a class, in the electric, water, wastewater, and telecommunications utility industries.

OPUC represents consumers in utility matters before state and federal regulatory agencies and courts and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). OPUC primarily represents consumers before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in contested case proceedings, rulemaking projects, and policy projects.

Last year, OPUC represented Texas consumers in 41 contested cases, 29 projects, and five appeals, leading to approximately $260 million in current year bill savings. The agency is strongly committed to providing high quality legal, regulatory, policy, and professional representation on behalf of our state’s residential and small commercial consumers in the utility industry.

Residential and small commercial consumers are encouraged to contact our office if you need assistance. You may also find helpful information by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

SPOTLIGHT

  • The Office of Public Utility Counsel will conduct its annual public meeting on Wednesday, December 4th at 9:30 AM in Room #1-100 of the Travis Building. All interested persons are invited to attend and provide input on OPUC’s priorities, functions, and effectiveness.
  • OPUC has intervened in the case before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in which Kendall West Utility, LLC is seeking authority for a revenue requirement increase of approximately $723,000 or 67%. Kendall West Utility is a Class B water utility serving 1,091 meter equivalents of primarily residential customers in Kendall County, Texas. (10/29/19)
  • OPUC has intervened in the case before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in which Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) is seeking authority to increase its base rates to recover an additional $141.3 million on an annual basis from its Texas retail customers based on a total Texas retail revenue requirement of approximately $695 million. SPS is an electric utility that serves customers in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. OPUC will represent the roughly 271,000 residential and small commercial consumers in SPS's service territory in Texas. (8/16/19)
  • OPUC has intervened in the case before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in which El Paso Electric Company, Sun Jupiter Holdings LLC, and IIF US Holdings 2 LLP are requesting approval of Sun Jupiter's purchase of El Paso Electric for an enterprise value of approximately $4.3 billion. El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility with over 400,000 retail and wholesale customers in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. OPUC will represent the residential and small commercial consumers in El Paso Electric's service territory in Texas. (8/29/19)
  • OPUC has intervened in the case before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in which Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is requesting a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to acquire a 54.5% interest in three wind generation facilities in Oklahoma. The total project costs are approximately $1.99 billion, with SWEPCO's proposed 54.5% share consisting of approximately $1.09 billion. A unit of American Electric Power, SWEPCO is an electric utility that serves over 500,000 retail customers in Eastern and Northern Texas, Northwestern Louisiana, and Western Arkansas. OPUC will represent the residential and small commercial consumers in SWEPCO's service territory in Texas. (7/17/19)

Chief Executive and Public Counsel

Lori Cobos

Chief Executive and Public Counsel Lori Cobos

 

 

 

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