New SWEPCO Texas Rates

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has granted an increase in rates allowing SWEPCO to recover investments in:

  • Additional environmental controls at four major power plants to comply with U.S. EPA regulations
  • The power grid and facilities along with ongoing operating costs to continue delivering energy reliably and safely to homes and businesses.

How much will residential rates increase?

  • Under the new rates, the bill for a Texas residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) will increase approximately $8.59 per month, or 8.9 percent.
  • By Texas law, the new rates are retroactive to May 20, 2017. A surcharge to collect the retroactive amounts will begin at a date to be determined by the PUCT. For residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours, the surcharge is expected to be approximately $7.70 per month, or 7.9 percent, for an estimated 10 months.
  • Increases for individual customers will depend upon rate class and electricity usage.

When will rates increase?

Customers will see the change in their bills beginning in February 2018.

Why were power plant investments made?

The additional environmental controls were necessary for four major power plants to meet stringent new EPA regulations and for SWEPCO to continue providing reliable 24/7 power to customers from a diverse energy resource mix.

Which power plants received new environmental equipment?

SWEPCO completed construction of major environmental retrofit projects in 2015-2016 at Welsh Power Plant Units 1 and 3 in Pittsburg, Texas; Pirkey Power Plant in Hallsville, Texas; Dolet Hills Power Plant in Mansfield, La.; and Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, Ark. The Texas plants serve Louisiana and Arkansas customers, just as Arkansas and Louisiana plants serve Texas customers. All four plants are already included in Texas base rates.

What are base rates?

Base rates refer to the costs of building, maintaining and operating SWEPCO’s electric system. Our system includes power plants, transmission and distribution lines, and facilities to serve customers.

SWEPCO passes costs to customers for fuel and purchased power with no profit to the company. Fuel costs are not in base rates.

Want to reduce electricity usage?

Visit SWEPCO.com/Save to find no-cost and low-cost ways to save energy and money as well as energy efficiency programs.

Questions about a high bill?

Call us at 1-888-216-3523. You may qualify for the Average Monthly Payment (AMP) plan, which allows for a rolling 12-month average bill to even out winter heating and summer cooling bill spikes.