Texas High Court Scrutinizes $83M Electric Rate Hike

Law360 (December 3, 2020, 5:53 PM EST) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Thursday pressed an attorney for the state Public Utility Commission on whether it failed to follow its own standard when it determined that Southwestern Electric Power Co. acted "prudently" when it finished construction on a coal plant and deserved a rate increase.

The attorney for PUC, Kellie Billings-Ray of the state attorney general's office, argued the commission properly determined the utility was entitled to an $83 million rate increase when it continued to build a coal power plant even though the price of natural gas was falling in 2010. When a state appeals court rejected PUC's...

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