CenterPoint’s argument, though, is flawed. First, every attorney knows that it’s the quality of information that counts, not the bulk. Just because an adversary delivers 47 boxes of documents doesn’t mean those are the right documents and some of them will produce more questions than answers.

Second, any utility requesting a rate increase is putting its best case forward, and time is on its side because the PUC is supposed to act within 185 days. Those seeking to challenge a rate hike must start from zero and make a case before the first hearing, usually within 80 to 100 days.

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