EP County to Take Action on EPE's Proposed Rate Increase

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - El Paso County Commissioners could be taking action on El Paso Electric's proposed rate increase during their regular meeting on Monday.


As NewsChannel 9 previously reported, the average customer’s monthly bill would go up by 8.7%. That would mean an extra $9 in the summer and approximately $7 in the winter. Solar users would see an increase of approximately $14 per month.


Not long after the utility announced the proposed new rates back in February, commissioners stepped in to stop the utility from increasing the rates by voting unanimously to intervene in the case.

The utility says the new rates are needed to recover some of the money it has spent on upgrades. According to EPE, it's invested about half a billion dollars in new technology since 2015.


It's ultimately up to state regulators to approve the changes. If that happens, the new rates would be implemented at the end of 2017 or early 2018.


Also on Monday’s agenda is an item to discuss potential legal action El Paso County would take if the state passes Senate Bill 4, which is the ‘Anti-Sanctuary Cities’ bill.

Look for updates on these stories on NC9 at Noon and NewsChannel 9 evening. 

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