The bad news: Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP) customer’s bills are going up.

The good news: because the City of Friendswood and other cities fought TNMP at the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), the bills aren’t increasing as much.

TNMP had asked for a $4.80 increase per month for five years and a $4.17 monthly increase for the following seven years.

Their increase is to fund an Advanced Metering System.

Attorneys working for the Gulf Coast Coalition of Cities (of which Friendswood is a member) negotiated a reduced residential surcharge of $3.40 per month for the full 12 years.

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