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In 1916, the citizens of Lubbock voted to establish a municipal power company. It was organized to manage the electric power needs of the City of Lubbock, Texas. On September 28, 1917, the municipal power plant began producing electricity. On November 2, 2004, Lubbock voters elected to amend the Charter of the City to provide for an Electric Utility Board composed of nine Lubbock citizens and eligible voters appointed by City Council to govern, manage, and operate the City’s electric utility. The City Council appointed the nine charter members of the Electric Utility Board on November 12, 2004 pursuant to the Charter Amendment. The Electric Utility Board is responsible for providing oversight on the efficient operation, maintenance, extension, preservation, competitiveness, and promotion of an orderly economic and business like administration of LP&L. For more information about the Electric Utility Board please visit the Electric Utility Board page by clicking on the link under LP&L Electric.

LP&L's product is the generation, distribution, and service of electricity. The market in which it operates is defined as within the confines of its certificated areas as established by the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC), which are within the city limits but not including the entire city limits. LP&L operates in three different certificated areas within the City. These areas are single, dual, and triple certificated areas. In single areas LP&L does not compete, it has either all or none of the service. In dual areas, LP&L only has one competitor and in triple certificated areas, LP&L had two competitors. LP&L’s competitors are Xcel Energy and South Plains Electric Cooperative, Inc. On October 29, 2010, LP&L purchased the majority of Xcel’s Lubbock distribution assets.  For more information about Lubbock's certificated areas please visit the Electric Service Map page by clicking on the link under LP&L Electric.

The PUC regulates certain utility rates, operations, and services within the State, however, LP&L is not considered a public utility and is therefore not subject to the jurisdiction of the PUC, except for its certificated areas of operation and certain reporting requirements under the Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act. LP&L is authorized to charge and collect reasonable rates necessary to produce revenues sufficient to pay operational and maintenance expenses, debt service requirements and other contractual commitments. LP&L is associated with the West Texas Municipal Power Agency (WTMPA). In 1983, the Texas cities of Lubbock, Brownfield, Floydada, and Tulia, created WTMPA as a joint power agency. WTMPA is a municipal power agency that was created to enhance the negotiating strength of the individual Cities in obtaining favorable firm electric power contracts and in coordinating joint planning for additional generation. An eight-member Board of Directors governs WTMPA. The board consists of two directors from each city. One member is elected the president and he presides over monthly meetings.

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