Lubbock Power & Light Board Formally Votes In Favor Of Implementing Retail Electric Choice; City Council Approval Still Needed
February 15, 2022 Email This Story Copyright 2010-21 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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The Lubbock Power & Light Electric Utility Board has voted in favor of fully transitioning Lubbock Power & Light (LP&L) to the competitive electric market in Texas, including implementing retail electric choice.
The Electric Utility Board vote was the first in a two-step approval process required for LP&L to begin the necessary work to move to retail competition. Should the City Council also vote in favor at next week’s regularly scheduled meeting, LP&L hopes to transition to competitive retail electric service in late 2023.
The late 2023 implementation date reflects the fact that part of LP&L's system remains in SPP. LP&L hopes to migrate the remaining 30% of the system (about 24,000 customers) to ERCOT in summer 2023
LP&L's adoption of choice would mark the first time a municipally owned utility voluntarily adopted a competitive retail market since Texas Senate Bill 7 first became law in 1999.
As previously reported, LP&L under retail choice would not serve as the "default retail provider", which LP&L describes as a stopgap energy provider who supplies electricity if a customer does not choose a retail provider or if a customer's retail provider goes out of business (e.g. POLR). LP&L is to conduct an RFP to select a default provider(s).
Discussion of LP&L's draft transition plan contemplates customers being provided an opportunity to select their REP prior to the start of choice to avoid being assigned to a default REP, similar to the implementation of choice at Sharyland.