Officials with an electric utility that serves much of Northeast Texas said Wednesday that federal emissions regulations set to begin next year are “unlawful” and warned its customers the regulations would mean higher electric bills by next summer.

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s customers in Texas could see rate increases between 18 percent and 22 percent if the Environmental Protection Agency implements Cross-State Air Pollution Rules on Jan. 1, said T. Brian Bond, SWEPCO vice president for external affairs.

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