The outrage following the release of June LP&L Bills has simmered down just a bit. But LP&L continues to sort out confusion that caused some of the outrage.
LP&L board member, Dwight McDonald, said it was unfortunate that the power purchase pass through and rate increase hit customers all at once. But he said the hike was something that had to be addressed as Lubbock approaches its 2019 deadline to have a new source of energy.
"In 2009 our reserves were at 100 million dollars. They've now been drawn down to 43 million dollars. You cannot continue to draw down your reserves when you have a huge project coming up in 2019, that has to be online in 2019." McDonald said.
McDonald added, even with the increase and power purchase added onto bills, LP&L customers still pay about four cents per kilowatt hour less than customers in deregulated cities. He also said the board should have better communicated the changes and members have tried to be more active in relaying information to customers.