Notice is hereby given that:
Case No. 16-00304-UT
On November 15, 2016, El Paso Electric Company (“EPE”) filed its Application to implement an Economic Development Rate (“EDR”), Original Rate No. 31 (“Tariff”), under NMSA 1978, Section 62-6-26 (2014) (“Application”). EPE requests approval of its Application and proposed tariff together with all other approvals, authorization, and actions that may be required for implementation. The proposed Tariff is contained in EPE’s proposed Advice Notice No. 241, which was filed concurrently with the Application.
EPE is statutorily permitted to enter into mutually agreeable special rate contracts with its retail customers for purposes of economic development pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 62-6-26 (2014). Pursuant to 188.8.131.52 NMAC, EPE has filed Advice Notice No. 241, proposing to implement the proposed Tariff, which will be available to new and existing customers under the following criteria:
The proposed Tariff will offer new and existing customers eligible for service under the Tariff the ability to negotiate a 4-year special rate contract with EPE at a rate not lower than EPE’s incremental cost of service. At a minimum, incremental cost shall include all additional costs incurred to serve the economic development rate customer that would not otherwise have been incurred to serve other customers, fuel and purchased power costs, costs recoverable from customers pursuant to the Renewable Energy Act and the Efficient Use of Energy Act, and the direct costs of the facilities necessary to provide service to the customers.
Further information regarding this case may be obtained by contacting EPE or the Commission at the addresses and telephone numbers provided below. The Commission has assigned Case No. 16-00304-UT to this proceeding, and all inquiries or written comments concerning this matter should refer to that case number.
The present procedural schedule established by the Commission for this proceeding is as follows:
The Commission has not yet set a hearing date in this matter. The Commission may determine that a hearing is not necessary after receiving the recommendation of Staff and any comments from interveners.
Any interested person may examine EPE’s Application together with any exhibits and related papers that may be filed in this case at EPE’s office, 201 N. Water Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001, telephone (575) 526-5551, or at the Commission’s offices, PERA Building, 1120 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, telephone: (505) 827-6941.
Any interested person may appear at the time of hearing and make a written or oral comment without becoming an intervener, but the comment will not be considered as evidence in this proceeding. Interested persons may also send written comments, which shall reference NMPRC Case No. 16-00304-UT, to the Commission at the address set out above.
Anyone filing pleadings or testimony shall serve copies upon all parties of record, including Staff, by first class mail or hand-delivery and by e-mail (if available).