The cities, which include Galveston, Dickinson, Sugar Land and others, are adopting ordinances this month that call for the rate reduction. The ordinances have the simultaneous effect of blocking a rate hike proposed by the company. “Electric bills in the Houston and Galveston area are already too high — consumers don’t need a rate hike. They need a rate cut,” said Julie Johnston, City Administrator for Dickinson. “The analysis by our city coalition shows CenterPoint already collects more than its need. Consumers’ electric bills should be lower.”

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