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PUC discounts rate for low-income Texans

AUSTIN (AP) – The Public Utility Commission voted last Thursday to increase the electric rate discount for about 540,000 low-income Texas residents.

The PUC commissioners are increasing the $92.4 million discount already authorized by $65 million. The discount could be increased from 10 percent to 17 percent. That would save an average of about $25 per month on the electric bill of each eligible customer.

The program LITE-UP, or Low Income Telephone and Electric Utilities Program, provides an automatic 10 percent discount on electric rates to all qualified low-income customers.

The program is limited to those living in parts of the state open to electric utility competition.