West U City Council Denies Energy Rate Increase

July 13, 2010

West U City Council denied a CenterPoint Energy rate increase during its Monday night meeting.

CenterPoint Energy filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the cities in its service area for a rate increase for delivery charges. The rate increase for delivery charges is about $76 million for retail electric providers. There is also an $18 million increase for wholesale transmission customers, CenterPoint Energy representative Diane Hasell said.

If CenterPoint Energy’s rate increase is passed by the Public Utility Commission, customers who use 1,000 kWh a month are looking at an increase of $5.53 a month, or a 5 percent increase.

The Public Utility Commission could come to a decision this year, Hasell said.

If council approved the rate increase during last night’s meeting, the rate increase would go into effect immediately.

Council denied the request but residents could still see a rate increase if the Public Utility Commission approves the case.

The next city council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers on July 26.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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