- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Consumer groups are calling on the Oklahoma attorney general to be more active in a case that would result in consumer utility bills increasing.

The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/1F5EHjn ) that the utility company will request $1.1 billion from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Tuesday to recover costs for environmental compliance and for the replacement of an aging natural gas plant in Oklahoma City. If approved, consumers will see an average bill increase of more than 15 percent by 2019.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who represents consumers in utility regulation cases at the commission, has not filed any testimony in the case although he has reserved the right to cross-examine witnesses.

Groups including Voices Organized in Civic Engagement say that the utility company’s request will place large burden on taxpayers.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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