OPUC to host meeting here Thursday

Steve Reagan
Staff Writer

Area residents will have a chance to sound off about their public utility rates when the state Office of Public Utility Counsel hosts a meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Settles Hotel. OPUC is an state organization designed to represent consumers in utility rate cases.
Of particular interest to many area residents will be the possible sale of Oncor, which distributes electricity to much of Texas to Sharyland Utilities.
A growing group of rural residents in Howard County and surrounding areas have expressed extreme dissatisfaction with Sharyland, which took over providing electricity in those areas after it purchased Cap Rock Energy in 2010. Nancy Raney, who, along with her husband, operates a hay and feed business south of Big Spring, says her family's electric bills have skyrocketed under Sharyland by thousands of dollars.