Senate Bill Would Mean Refunds For Some Texas Electricity Customers

AUSTIN (April 22, 2013)--A plan that would return money generated from an electricity surcharge back to ratepayers was approved in a 21-10 vote Monday in the Texas Senate.

The bill would mean a one-time refund of $120 for customers in certain areas.

The proposal would provide some of the only tax relief advocated this year by Gov. Rick Perry, but it would come at the expense of poor Texans because it would draw down the System Benefit Fund established in 1999.

The fund charges a maximum of 65 cents per kilowatt hour to retail customers in deregulated parts of the state.

Under current law, the Public Utility Commission uses the money to provide discounts for low-income households through the Lite-Up program.

It has also been used to balance the budget.

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