OPUC Spotlight

OPUC has intervened in the case before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in which the City of Lubbock, acting by and through Lubbock Power & Light (LP&L) is requesting an annual Transmission Cost of Service (TCOS) of $45,005,314 and an annual wholesale transmission rate of $630.54 per megawatt (MW). LP&L is a municipally owned electric utility that serves over 107,000 retail electric customers, including Texas Tech University. OPUC will represent the residential and small commercial customers that will pay the wholesale transmission rates.

OPUC has intervened in the case before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in which Monarch Utilities I, L.P. is seeking authority for a revenue requirement increase of approximately $3.2 million or 9.80% for water, and approximately $0.6 million or 14.28% for wastewater.  Monarch Utilities I, L.P. is a Class A water utility serving 29,468 water connections and 4,278 wastewater connections of primarily residential customers.

OPUC has intervened in the case before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in which Undine Texas, LLC is seeking authority for a revenue requirement increase of approximately $2.6 million or 78% for water, and approximately $1.8 million or 124% for wastewater. Undine is a Class B water utility serving 6,034 water connections and 2,011 wastewater connections of primarily residential customers.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas approved a settlement agreement and proposed order finding that Sun Jupiter Holdings, LLC’s purchase of El Paso Electric Company (EPE) is in the public interest. Through its consumer representation in the case, the Office of Public Utility Counsel helped obtain a rate credit of $21 million for EPE’s customers in Texas. On July 29, 2020, EPE announced that the acquisition officially closed. Starting with the August billing cycle, EPE’s Texas customers will begin to receive a rate credit on their electric bills for the next three years. El Paso Electric Company is a regional electric utility with over 400,000 retail and wholesale customers in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.

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 is a Class B water utility serving 1,091 meter equivalents of primarily residential customers in Kendall County, Texas.

The Office of Public Utility Counsel submitted its 2019 Annual Report as required by Section 13.063 of the Public Utility Regulatory Act. The report highlights our success in attaining nearly $180 million in current year bill savings for residential and small commercial consumers through representation in 30 contested case proceedings before the PUCT and three appeals in state court.