While Staff, “supports the deployment and use of advanced meters in Texas,” Staff reiterated in its brief that, “Staff believes that the new opportunities offered by having Sharyland and Oncor existing as affiliates should be explored with respect to reducing costs of the AMS deployment, and that it is unreasonable for Sharyland to rush forward without considering this opportunity. Staff is not asking for a dispositive ruling on Sharyland’s application. Rather, Staff believes that the Commission will want all available information to ensure that Sharyland considered all options to reduce the costs that would be imposed on customers in its service territory, especially considering the recent complaints that have been raised about Sharyland’s rates”

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