Texas Retail Providers Press PUC To Consider Retail Choice At Lubbock Power & Light
June 23, 2016 Email This Story Copyright 2010-16 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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In filing comments at the Texas PUC concerning Lubbock Power & Light's proposal to join ERCOT, the Retail Electric Provider Coalition, "encourages the Commission to consider the inclusion of retail competition for the LP&L service territory as part of any further studies or public interest findings in this or subsequent proceedings regarding LP&L's interconnection with the ERCOT grid."
Lubbock Power & Light currently serves more than 100,000 customers in the Lubbock area.
As described by the REP Coalition, PURA §40.051 allows municipal governing bodies within ERCOT, at the time the legislation was adopted in 1999, the discretion to decide when or if the municipally owned utility will provide customer choice.
"However, the Commission should consider the substantial benefits of the retail electric market in guiding their public interest determination in regard to the transition of new customers into ERCOT that have previously been served by a municipally owned utility. The Commission should consider in its determination how retail choice could be implemented in a way that would provide maximum benefit to customers and facilitate the innovative products and services competitively available in other areas of ERCOT. The REP Coalition also believes that the implementation of customer choice could mitigate some of the concerns raised by parties regarding cost impacts should the LP&L proposal be approved. For example, rather than LP&L seeking new supply contracts in the ERCOT wholesale market, customers could choose to fulfill their own supply needs through the affirmative selection of a competitive REP. This could relieve the future risk of potential stranded costs being uplifted to customers," the REP Coalition said