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EP Electric Plans to Add 100’s of Megawatts of Solar Energy, Battery Storage by 2023

On Monday, officials with El Paso Electric (EPE) announced a plan to add both resources and infrastructure ahead of anticipated demand over the next 5 years.

“These technologies provide a mix of carbon-free renewable and clean burning natural gas generation that will enable us to meet the growing need for power in our region in a safe, clean, reliable, and cost-effective manner,” said Mary Kipp, El Paso Electric President and Chief Executive Officer. “This balanced combination of resources will work with our existing energy portfolio as we move to retire aging, less efficient plants while continuing to meet our customers’ changing energy needs.”

According to EPE officials, they have identified generation resource additions needed by the 2022-2023 summer peak season.  The generation mix includes utility scale solar, battery storage, and natural gas.

The anticipated operational date for the new gas turbine is 2023, at an expected cost of $143 million.

“Through initial resource planning studies, EPE determined that it requires additional generating capacity of approximately 50 MW by 2022 and 320 MW by 2023 for a total of 370 MW,” the document released on social media stated.

“After careful evaluation of the competitive 2017 All Source Request for Proposals for Electric Power Supply and Load Management Resources (RFP), the winning bids include the expected energy purchase of 200 megawatts (MW) of utility scale solar resources, 100 MW of battery storage, and the construction of a 226 MW natural gas combustion turbine generating unit at the Company’s Newman Power Station in northeast El Paso.”

In addition, EPE expects to pursue the purchase of 50 to 150 MW of wind and solar-generated power to provide for “fuel diversity and energy cost savings.”

Officials added, “The mix of new capacity underscores EPE’s strategic goal to remain at the forefront in advancing renewable energy and expanding its overall energy portfolio with cost-effective, diverse and competitive-based energy resources for its customers.”

El Paso Electric Wins 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award

El Paso Electric (EPE) announced Thursday that it has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its efforts in kilowatt-hours (kWh) savings and increased education about energy efficiency.

“We’re very proud of this recognition because it means that our community places a lot of importance on energy efficiency, and we want to continue supporting the measures that help our residents and businesses save energy,” said Susanne Stone, El Paso Electric’s Director of Energy Efficiency and Commercial Services.

EPE’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.

“The 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money, and reduce air emissions,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation.

EPE Officials, via a news release said, “Key accomplishments for this award included saving customers 381,935 kWh during 2017 in the New Mexico ENERGY STAR New Homes Program and more than 1,590 million kWh since 2010, as well as increasing the average kWh savings per participating home by 21% since 2016.”

“EPE provided incentives for 65 ENERGY STAR certified homes, and out of all the new homes built in the New Mexico service territory last year, 28% participated in the EPE’s New Homes Program,” according to company officials, “in 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and while achieving broad emissions reductions.”

To learn more about El Paso Electric’s Energy Efficiency programs and incentives for Texas and New Mexico customers, click here.

For a complete list of 2018 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit their website. 

El Paso Electric Files Request to Provide Credit to Texas Customers

El Paso Electric (EPE) filed a proposal Thursday with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), the City of El Paso and the other incorporated cities and towns within its Texas service territory to provide a credit to customers in Texas for the decrease in the federal income tax rate, effective with bills issued on or after April 1, 2018.

“One of the important provisions of our rate case settlement last year was to create a mechanism to pass-through the tax savings stemming from the reduction in the federal statutory income tax rate that was recently enacted,” said Mary Kipp, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Paso Electric Company. “We worked with all the parties in the case to set up a means to pass that savings along to our customers quickly and efficiently.”

EPE is proposing to provide a rate decrease to pass through the effect of the tax reduction by applying a credit to base rates beginning April 1, 2018, on an interim basis, for the electric service EPE provides to all its approximately 320,000 Texas retail customers until final rates are approved.

If the request is approved by the PUCT and other municipal regulatory authorities, including the City of El Paso, the typical residential customer using an average of 635 kilowatt hours of energy per month could see an average monthly bill decrease of $3.83, or 4.5%.

A small commercial customer could see an average monthly bill decrease of approximately 4.6%.

About the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

The tax rate decrease, from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018, is included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law on December 22, 2017.

The following table shows the effect of the proposed rate credit on existing rate classes, pending regulatory approval:

Rate Class Bill Impact of Tax Credit
R01-Residential Service -4.4%
R02-Small General Service -4.6%
R07-Recreational Lighting Service -4.7%
R08-Governmental Street Lighting Service -4.6%
R09-Traffic Signal Service -3.8%
R11TOU-Municipal Pumping Service -3.8%
R15-Electrolytic Refining Service -3.3%
RWH-Water Heating Service -4.3%
R22-Irrigation Service -4.0%
R24-General Service -4.0%
R25-Large Power Service -3.6%
R26-Petroleum Refining Service -3.3%
R28-Private Area Lighting Service -4.5%
R30-Electric Furnace Service -4.0%
R31-Military Reservation Service -3.6%
R34-Cotton Gin Service -4.9%
R41-City/County Service -4.3%

Workforce Solutions, EP Electric, Socorro ISD Honored at Statewide Conference

The 21st Annual Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Conference was held November 29th through December 1st in Dallas.  Several entities affiliated with Workforce Solutions Borderplex received board awards during the conference.

El Paso Electric (EP Electric) received the Employer Award of Excellence for the Workforce Solutions Borderplex (Borderplex) area.  The award honors private sector employers that are actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.

The company sponsors Borderplex’s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) program by providing $10,000 in STEAM scholarships.  EP Electric has sponsored this event for the past nine years, with $54,500 invested.  EP Electric also sponsors the Young Achievers Forum, through which 1,000 students tour the University of Texas at El Paso.

“We are very honored to receive this recognition, and excited about continuing to contribute to the success of our region,” said Mary Kipp, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Paso Electric.  “As the local electric company, our over 1,100 employees demonstrate the dedication we all have to making sure ours is a thriving community full of opportunity for students and professionals.”

“I am pleased to recognize EP Electric and Borderplex for their leadership and applaud their commitment to their communities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs.  “Through successful employer partnerships at the local level, we will maximize our effectiveness and keep Texas as a top destination for businesses.”

WSB was recognized for outstanding board performance, receiving a $30,000 award for Texas HireAbility. The Texas HireAbility Award honors a local workforce development board that has successfully promoted employment opportunities for talented and dedicated Texans with disabilities.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) established a disability subcommittee to advise WSB’s board of directors on initiatives that encourage employers to recruit, hire, retain, and provide career development opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Based on the subcommittee’s guidance, WSB created Breaking Barriers, a program designed to assist teens with disabilities seeking employment.

To date, Breaking Barriers has served more than 400 youth with disabilities.  In FY 2017, WSB found permanent employment for 172 persons with disabilities. WSB also promoted HireAbility Fairs throughout the region and partnered with City of El Paso to present an annual summit and career fair that targets job seekers with disabilities.

Borderplex also received a $75,000 award for Texas Rising Star Child Care.  The Texas Rising Star Child Care Award honors local workforce development boards that have improved child care quality through the creation of exemplary child care programs that demonstrate positive outcomes for the population served.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex promoted high-quality child care through a gardening project with 46 Texas Rising Star providers. Children put science into action by learning what it takes to grow vegetables as part of a healthy diet.

Socorro Independent School District was also recognized for an Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Incentive award, receiving $30,000 for High School Equivalency Achievement.

The AEL Incentive awards recognize partners who demonstrate exemplary performance and outstanding AEL service delivery in partnership with employers, community colleges and workforce boards.

EP Electric Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Summer High School Internship Program

El Paso Electric (EPE) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer High School Internship Program. In its seventh year, this paid internship opportunity is open to all high school juniors in EPE’s service area.

During Tuesday’s kick off event, EPE announced the opening of the application period to over 300 Bowie High School juniors, and detailed the purpose and positive impact of this opportunity.

Through the course of the summer, students obtain leadership and teamwork skills through various work assignments and group projects, and participate in a learning curriculum which includes lessons on the fundamentals of power generation, transmission, and distribution. Students will also participate in trainings that teach them about engineering, business, finance, and leadership and management skills.

EPE Officials said, “One important component of the summer internship is the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, an annual task the students undertake which identifies a need within the community and attempts to find creative ways to give back.”

Parent and student information sessions will be provided at EPE headquarters located in downtown El Paso at 100 North Stanton. The dates of these information sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 12, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 2, 6:00 p.m.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled as a high school junior in an accredited high school within the EPE service area
  • Must be classified as a high school junior for the 2017-2018 academic school year and entering your senior year beginning August 2018
  • Must have an overall high school G.P.A. of a 3.0 or above
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without requiring sponsorship for an immigration related employment benefit
  • Must be available to work Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. from Monday, June 11 2018- Friday, August 3, 2018

The closing date for this application is December 31, 2017. For more information on the Summer Internship Program, or other EPE internship opportunities, click here.

EP Electric’s Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney Crowns Champion, Helps Child Crisis Center

El Paso Electric held their 3rd Annual 3-on-3 Basketball tournament at Burges High School over the weekend, and while a champion was crowned, one group dedicated to helping children was the overall winner.

Proceeds from the tournament – entry fees from each team and profits from the concession stands – went to support the El Paso Child Crisis Center.  Each of the 12 teams donated a minimum of $20 to participate in the annual tournament, which also went to the center.

According to EPE officials, the total donation to the Child Crisis Center totals just over $4,ooo.

For those EPE employees who didn’t play or make the games on Saturday, they were able to contribute to the fund during the year. As part of their corporate contribution, El Paso Electric also matched $0.50 to every $1 an employee donated.

Officials with EPE also thanked the staff, students and administration at Burges High School for their help with scorekeeping, bracket updates, concession stand staffing and for the use of their gym.

EPE Champions from 'Team Practice' left to right: Juan Esparza, Steven Sierra, Christian Corral , Mario Alarcon, and Daniel Terrazas.
EPE Champions from ‘Team Practice’ left to right: Juan Esparza, Steven Sierra, Christian Corral , Mario Alarcon, and Daniel Terrazas.
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