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Bridgeport council to discuss rates process

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, January 12, 2013

When it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Bridgeport City Council will consider joining other members of the Oncor Cities Steering Committee (OCSC) adopting a resolution that protects the traditional role of cities in the regulatory process.

According to the OCSC, the state legislature is considering statutory changes that would limit or eliminate the cities’ original jurisdiction in the utility ratemaking process.

Currently, a retail electric provider, such as Oncor, that desires to amend its rates must file a rate case with the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC). However, municipalities in Texas retain original jurisdiction in ratemaking cases and have the opportunity to review the rate amendment case and recommend action.

The council will also consider extending membership in the state’s Main Street and Police Chief’s Association Foundation programs and will hash out the logistics for the May 11 general election, including calling a joint election with the school district, designating polling places and appointing election judges.

The council meets at City Hall, 900 Thompson St.

The day before, city officials will host an informational meeting on meter replacement and the new AMI system at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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