I am one of Austin Energy’s 56,000 captive customers who live outside the city. Many of us are opposed to the utility’s proposed $136 million rate increase, which will likely be appealed to the Texas Public Utility Commission.

The rate plan is replete with harsh fees, exorbitant energy charges and untested assumptions. It will create a “weird” utility business model unlike any other in the state. And it will make Austin Energy an oddity — like a two-headed calf — in the Texas utility world.

Read the full article at the Austin American-Statesman.