San Antonio: District 3 Councilwoman and City Council move to approve 3.85% rate increase

CONTACT: Ruben G. Lizalde, (210) 207-7006

SAN ANTONIO (January 13, 2022) — Today, City Council moved forward with approving an ordinance authorizing CPS Energy to establish a Regulatory Asset for its 2021 Winter Weather fuel costs and approving an increase of 3.85 percent to the CPS Energy Electric and Gas Base Rates, Tariff Amendments to implement the rate adjustments; and amendments to the Affordability Discount Program for Qualifying Low-Income Customers.

"It is important that we recognized there has not been a rate increase in 8 years; previous City Council members had an opportunity to start working with CPS to anticipate and adjust for future rates, which leads us to today's decision. San Antonio is not immune to a rate increase, in fact far from it, our rate payers need to understand that our city is experiencing one of the fastest population growths in the nation, along with an aging infrastructure, and inclement weather that is becoming more frequent and intense that lay bare our vulnerabilities with our municipally owned electric utility. Taking up a rate adjustment is a tough conversation to have, as we navigate through this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we cannot continue to ignore the immediate need for upgrades in infrastructure, and technology to meet the demand of our current energy needs." said Councilwoman Viagran. "We now have an opportunity to raise the bar, improve communication and outreach to our rate payers, as well as the performance of senior leadership within CPS Energy, CPS Management and Board of Trustees, and the Rate Advisory Committee (RAC) by creating an effective action plan which is critical to the success in creating a more inclusive culture of diversity within CPS that is reflective of all San Antonio."

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It is our duty as elected officials that we continue to represent our districts, along with the City of San Antonio's rate payers with taking up these tough decisions, but rest assure that I am committed to providing more utility assistance from ARPA, especially for our seniors and low-income residents. I understand there is a struggle, and as an elected official I am always mindful for residents in crisis and look to explore additional cost savings to low-income customers enrolled in Adjustments to the Affordability Discount Program (ADP). As stated on the dais, I will be seeking the RAC appointment to bring transparency, and a to advise on a rate structure and design.

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