If in the final rate order CLWSC is not awarded at least 51% of their requested increase, the utility may not recover their cost of defending an appeal to a rate increase by directly billing the ratepayers in future water bills. Of the approximately $1,000,000 spent by CLWSC on the case, both the TCEQ and CEWR recommended to the ALJs that CLWSC not be allowed to collect any money from the ratepayers to pay their incurred costs from the rate case.
Final recommendations made to the ALJs on allowing Rate Case Costs to be collected by CLWSC:
TCEQ recommended $ 0
CEWR recommended $ 0
(To date, CEWR has spent approximately $135,000 appealing the proposed 71% rate increase.)
What Happens Next?
December 2012 - Administrative Law Judges will submit their Proposal For Decision (PFD) to full TCEQ commission.
February 2013 - TCEQ issues final rate order and directs refund or surcharge be provided to ratepayers.
- if less than 38% increase, each ratepayer receives a refund for the difference from Nov ’10 to the effective date of the rate order.
- if more than 38%, CLWSC increases billings from date rate increase approved.