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Public Notice - NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO IMPLEMENT A NET INTERIM FUEL REFUND - 10-17-2019

On September 13, 2019, Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO or the Company), filed an Application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (Commission) to implement an interim refund of a net over-recovery of fuel costs billed under its fuel factors through June 30, 2019. The docket number assigned to this proceeding is PUC Docket No. 49974.

This filing was made under 16 Tex. Admin. Code § 25.237(a)(3)(B). The filing affects only the fuel portion of the rates charged by SWEPCO for electricity in Texas and has no effect on SWEPCO’s non-fuel base rates. This application, if granted, will affect all Texas retail customers who pay fixed fuel factors.
The total amount of the net over-recovery balance to be refunded through the proposed refund is $14,585,106, exclusive of interest, through June 30, 2019. Including $470,602 of interest up to the proposed refund period, the total amount of the net over-recovered balance that SWEPCO proposes to refund is $15,055,708.
SWEPCO proposes that customers receiving service pursuant to its As-Available Standby Service (AAS) and Large Lighting and Power Substation (LLP) tariffs should have their refund calculated based on historical usage.
SWEPCO proposes that its retail customers be credited the refund through factors to be applied to actual kWh usage of each customer during the month of January 2020. Transmission voltage level, seasonal agricultural, LLP-Substation and AAS customers will receive a specific dollar amount refund based on each customer’s historical usage. These refunds consist of the total individual historical refund amounts, including interest and will be applied as a one-time bill credit also during the month of January 2020.
The effect of the refund on customer bills will vary depending on the rate schedule under which they take service and, in some instances, will amount to a surcharge. Further, based on time periods of usage, some customers within a class may receive a surcharge while the class as a whole receives a net refund. SWEPCO estimates that under its proposed refund, a residential customer using 1,000 kWh a month would see a one-time decrease of $21.59, or 23.32% during the refund period on his/her total electric bill if the proposed interim refund is approved. SWEPCO’s fuel expenses will be subject to final review by the Commission in the Company’s next fuel reconciliation proceeding.
Persons with questions or who want more information on the proposed interim fuel refund may contact SWEPCO at 428 Travis Street, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101, or call toll free at (888) 216-3523 during normal business hours. A complete copy of the filing is available for inspection at the address listed above.
Persons who wish to formally participate in this proceeding, or who wish to express their comments concerning this application should contact the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Office of Consumer Protection, P.O. Box 13326, Austin, Texas 78711-3326, or call (512) 936-7120, or toll free at (888) 782-8477. A request to intervene or for further information should reference Docket No. 49974. Hearing and speech-impaired individuals with text telephones (TTY) may call (512) 936-7136 or use Relay Texas (toll free) at (800) 735-2989.

Southwestern Electric Power Company