Austin Energy hopes to thwart a state environmental group’s effort to impose stricter pollution controls at the Fayette Power Plant, a coal-burning facility east of Austin that supplies about a third of the city’s electricity.

On Tuesday a federal judge granted Austin Energy’s request to intervene in a lawsuit from the Texas Campaign for the Environment.

City officials say that the lawsuit, should it succeed, would raise the cost of electricity and possibly reduce the plant’s output — just as the city is preparing to raise its base electric rate for the first time in since 1994.

Read the full article at The Austin American-Statesman.