Consider This...LP&L Good, Bad and Ugly

Consider This...LP&L Good, Bad and Ugly

Lubbock Power & Light employees demonstrated once more last week why they are champions under pressure.

When storms struck, LP&L crews worked in the storm and through the night to restore power to its customers. Field crews worked 81 power outages that caused over 1,700 customers to be out of power. Crews worked around the clock for two days to repair lines and clean up the debris.

And while I am grateful to the rank and file at LP&L, questions remain about its governing body appointed by the Lubbock City Council, the Electric Utility Board.

On Tuesday the Electric Utility Board considered a 5.75 percent rate increase to pay for infrastructure and capital improvements. Next month it votes on whether to recommend that rate increase to the city council.

Consider this…the Electric Utility Board hasn't established the credibility with ratepayers necessary to start asking for rate increases.

The Lubbock City Council should recognize this and just say "no" to a rate increase of any kind until we know what we are facing for 2019 and beyond and what that is going to cost us.

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