It’s Not an Emergency: Slow Down the Austin Energy Rate Case
Speak Up for a Fair Process that Results in Fair Electric Rates
The Austin City Council finally hired a consumer advocate last week to represent residential and small commercial customers in the Austin Energy rate case. That’s good, but the rate case process started in January, so the consumer advocate needs some time to catch up.
Rate cases – which determine how much each type of customer will pay for electricity – are complicated. Large industrial and commercial customers hire lawyers and experts to make sure their bills don’t go up. That is difficult for individual residential customers to do – which is why the consumer advocate is so important.
As it turns out, everyone involved in the rate case – except for Austin Energy – thinks it is moving too fast.
The City Council will vote on a resolution this Thursday that would extend the time given to the rate case to make it a thoughtful process.