• January 27, 2022
 El Paso Electric to host 8 Community Meetings at request of City Council

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El Paso Electric to host 8 Community Meetings at request of City Council

At the request of the El Paso City Council, El Paso Electric (EPE) will host eight community meetings, one in each District, to discuss the utility’s proposed rate increase for its Texas retail customers.

In late June, the City Council voted unanimously to suspend the proposed rate increase for 90 days from the effective date. Had the City not suspended the rate increase, the proposed increase would have gone into effect on July 6, 2021.

City officials add that the suspension will be in effect until early October.

The suspension allows the City time to review the proposed rate change and prepare for a public hearing to determine if the proposed increase is fair, just and reasonable; while allowing the utility to be financially healthy and invest appropriately in its infrastructure to ensure safe and reliable service.

In the five rate cases filed by El Paso Electric since January 1994, through the City’s leadership in settlement discussions, Texas customers have attained nearly $155 million in savings, or an average $31 million per rate case.

By State statute, El Paso Electric is required to file its comprehensive base rate case every four years. In this case, the filing was required to be made no later than mid-December 2021.

In its application, EPE cites the need to recover costs associated with over $953 million in investments made into its generation, transmission and distribution system, since its last base rate case filed in early 2017. To recover costs associated with these investments, EPE is proposing an annual net increase to its base rate of $41.8 million, or a 7.8 percent increase over its current base revenue.

According to El Paso Electric’s application, the overwhelming majority of the $41.8 million increase will be borne by residential customers, EPE’s largest customer class.

Under the proposed rate increase, the typical residential customer using an average of 686 kilowatt-hours of energy per month will see a monthly bill increase of $11.76, representing a nearly 13.4 percent increase over their current bill.

With the suspension of the rate case, City staff and the City Attorney’s Office, with the assistance of outside counsel, will: review the 6,000-page rate case filing; request additional information; and hire the necessary subject matter experts to analyze the complex calculations involved in ratemaking.

Officials share that the anticipated timeline is as follows:

  • Aug-Sept: The City will discuss key areas of concern and a strategy moving forward. El Paso Electric asked to host at minimum eight (8) community meetings across the City.
  • October 2021: The City Council will set rates for customers within the City limits.
  • November 2021: New rates will be effective.
  • December 2021: The current PUC deadline to act on the rate request.

The projected timeline is set by State statute; however, the dates maybe adjusted to a schedule agreed upon by all parties.

he meetings are scheduled as follows:

Date and Time

Type

Location/Link

District

Friday, Aug. 27

7:30 a.m.

In-Person Meeting

Denny’s

4690 Trans Mountain

District 4

Wednesday, Sept. 1

5:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting

https://bit.ly/380V6fJ

Or call in (audio only)

(915) 213-4096

Conference ID: 488 476 307#

District 8

Thursday, Sept. 2

6 p.m.

Virtual Meeting

https://bit.ly/2WfpEI7

Or call in (audio only)

(915) 213-4096

Conference ID: 277 114 547#

District 6

Wednesday, Sept. 8

6 p.m.

Virtual Meeting

https://bit.ly/3AVUOmC

Or call in (audio only)

(915) 213-4096

Conference ID: 648 579 174#

District 7

Thursday, Sept. 9

6:15 p.m.

In-Person Meeting

Mesita Elementary School

3307 N. Stanton

District 1

Monday, Sept. 13

6 p.m.

In-Person Meeting

Memorial Senior Center

1800 Byron

District 2

Wednesday, Sept. 15

5:30 p.m.

In-Person

Meeting

Andale Restaurant

9201 Gateway West

District 3

Thursday, Sept. 16

6 p.m.

Virtual Meeting

https://bit.ly/3sz1STm

Or call in (audio only)

(915) 213-4096

Conference ID: 703 135 764#

District 5

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