The Dallas City Council is approving a negotiated rate hike with Oncor likely to result in a 6.1 percent increase in electricity bills across the region. The impact on the average residential customer will average about $1.72 per month, city officials say.

On Jan. 7, Oncor filed a request to hike rates by 16.2 percent in all the cities in their jurisdiction, saying they’d seen declines in customer growth and consumption per customer, and had made new investments in infrastructure.

Dallas joined 145 other cities in the “Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor” — formed in the late 1980s — in opposing the rate hike and negotiating for a lower one.

The Steering Committee hired consultants to look at the issues and legal council to check out the legal details. They reached the settlement with Oncor on April 11.

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