The state agency’s staff has urged commissioners to reject the sale, saying the buyers’ latest commitments, rather than resolving concerns, “will actually impose additional harms onto ratepayers” by creating $295 million in added costs. Oncor had previously warned that residential rates may increase 1.25 percent if it’s combined with Sharyland Utilities for ratemaking purposes, as some parties in the case have proposed.
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