City Council gets an earful concerning LP&L

City Council gets an earful concerning LP&L

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock's City Council is getting an earful during citizens comments over the usual suspect: LP&L.

Joseph Lee authored the petition urging a breakup of the monopoly the utility has in the city.

He said citizens should decide whether they want a regulated or de-regulated market for energy because they don't get a voice every time the city raises rates.

Lee said he knows meter readers aren't doing their jobs each month.

"Water meters are not getting read. I opened mine and there was about three months of dirt and trash in there, but yet I'm continuing to get ab ill for water usage," Lee said. "There is no way of reading that meter. I'm not the only one -- if you read the thousands and thousands of comments on my petition, there's thousands of people within the city limits feeling the same way: their meters have not been checked, but yet we're continuing to get billed for that."

The city is transitioning away from its current agreements with the South West Power Pool to join the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Council members said that will open up the option for de-regulating the Lubbock utility market.

"There seems to be this misnomer out there that we, as a council, can ask the state legislators to allow us to invite or have another company come in right now, and that cannot happen with us being in the Southwest Power Pool," said Councilwoman Karen Gibson, District 5. "That can not happen right now, until we move into the ERCOT system."

LP&L Director David McCalla said he's not aware of any municipality in Texas that has a de-regulated water utility, per Lee's petition.

At last check, that petition has more than 13,600 digital signatures.

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