He warned us. W. Scott McCollough, the lawyer hired by the city to look out for the average Electric Utility customer (i.e. the Little Guy), told us not to give our six largest corporate customers a rate break. He begged us to not let the group representing four of those companies - the Federation of Austin's Industrial Ratepayers (FAIR) - scare us with far-fetched predictions electric deregulation was on the very near horizon. But did the city powers listen? Course not. Instead they agreed to reduce the corporations' rates so they would stay with the city owned Utility for6 years. Later, just as McCollough figured, the Lege passed up deregulation this session, meaning that residential ratepayers will shell out $22 million to buy one lousy year of fidelity from the Suits. We should've listened to McCollough, who is to be commended for taking a strong stand against the political winds of city hall bureaucracy, which seem always to blow in favor of an EUD sale.
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