Metallic or Mylar balloons are a popular gift for Valentine’s Day, but if they are not handled properly, they can cause serious damage to power lines and ultimately result in power outages.
Scammers typically use phone, in-person, and online tactics to target utility customers. They often pose as electric, water, or natural gas company employees, and threaten customers by telling them that their services would be disconnected or shut off if they fail to make an immediate payment – typically using a prepaid card or other non-traceable form of payment.
El Paso Electric is proud to offer programs in New Mexico and Texas to help consumers save energy and become more energy efficient.
Electricity is an important service in our daily lives and it needs to be used wisely. The efficient use of energy assists in reducing oil imports, conserves natural resources and preserves the environment. Energy efficiency in your home or business can be increased by implementing energy efficiency and energy conservation measures. By using and implementing the information contained in this website, you can change the way energy is used in your home and business.
El Paso Electric (EPE) was one of the first utilities in the state of Texas to address and identify a mechanism to refund Texas customers due to the reduction in the federal income tax rate.
El Paso Electric (EPE) warns customers of a scam currently involving individuals falsely representing themselves as EPE customer service representatives. Customers are being told they have to pay for a new meter and are being asked to call a phone number not associated with EPE to make the payment immediately or their service will be shut off. Reports of this scam have all been small business owners in the downtown Las Cruces area. This scam has been reported to the Las Cruces Police Department.
El Paso Electric is providing further information about the TIO Networks USA, Inc. security incident that we previously reported. TIO is a third-party provider of mobile payment applications and other payment technologies for many companies, including El Paso Electric’s mobile pay application, MobilePay. In November, TIO suspended its operations, and as a result, El Paso’s MobilePay became unavailable.
El Paso, Texas — The Public Utility Commission of Texas (the “Commission”) approved a Final Order (the “Order”) in El Paso Electric Company’s (the “Company” or “EPE”) (NYSE: EE) rate case today. The Order resolves all issues in this rate case.
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El Paso Electric Company values its customers and understands the importance of protecting customer information. TIO Networks USA, Inc. is a third-party provider of mobile payment applications and other payment technologies for many companies, including El Paso Electric. As we recently reported, TIO suspended its operations, and as a result, El Paso Electric’s mobile pay application, MobilePay, became unavailable.
El Paso Electric (EPE) today received the 2017 Local Employer of Excellence Award by Workforce Solutions Borderplex Inc. at the 21st Annual Texas Workforce Commission Conference held in Dallas, Texas. This award is a recognition of EPE’s substantial work within our community; including work with the Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) STEAM program, the “Young Achievers Forum” at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where 1,000 students visit the campus and learn about Business Technology, the STEAM fields, and Fine Arts.
El Paso Electric’s mobile payment application, MobilePay, which is operated by TIO Networks, is not available until further notice. The application has been suspended by PayPal Holdings, Inc. (the current owner of TIO Networks) and PayPal has released a statement regarding the suspension of TIO Networks’ payment services which can be found here https://yhoo.it/2mQ6gzd
El Paso, TX– El Paso Electric (EPE) is proud to stand with El Paso Water and Texas Gas Service in support of Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS), an association of more than 100 U.S. and Canadian utilities. Today, UUAS observes the second annual Utility Scam Awareness Day, as part of a week-long advocacy and awareness campaign. UUAS is focused on helping to educate customers on how to protect themselves against possible scams.
El Paso Electric’s mobile payment application, MobilePay, is operated by TIO Networks. PayPal issued the statement below regarding the temporary suspension of TIO Networks’ payment services. El Paso Electric (EPE) is not aware of any EPE customers’ electric services impacted because of this issue.
New Mexico –The United States Air Force and El Paso Electric (EPE) today announce the beginning of construction for a new five megawatt solar facility to serve Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB). The solar plant will be an EPE owned dedicated energy resource for HAFB and is the first renewable energy project that EPE will build to serve a military installation
El Paso, Texas — El Paso Electric Company (EPE) filed an unopposed settlement agreement (Unopposed Settlement) today for EPE’s rate case (Docket No. 46831)pending before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The Unopposed Settlement was filed with the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) assigned to oversee EPE’s Texas rate case and includes a request for the ALJs to return the settled case to the PUCT for final approval. If approved by the PUCT, the Unopposed Settlement would resolve EPE's Texas rate case.
On October 25, 2017, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) line item in bills for El Paso Electric (EPE) customers in New Mexico.
El Paso Electric (EPE) filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to reduce its existing Texas fuel factor by 19 percent. The reduction in the fuel factor could decrease bills by approximately $3.03 monthly for residential customers using 600 kWh per month. If approved by the PUCT, the reduced fuel factor could go into effect as early as November 2017.
El Paso Electric (EPE) solicitó ante la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de Texas (PUCT o la Comisión) una disminución de 19 por ciento a su factor de combustible fijo en el estado de Texas. La revisión del factor de combustible puede disminuir el recibo de un cliente residencial que usa un promedio de 600 kilovatios-hora (kWh) al mes por aproximadamente $3.03 en su recibo de electricidad mensual. Si la revisión del factor de combustible es aprobada por la Comisión, la disminución será reflejada a partir del mes de noviembre 2017.
Based on information currently available to El Paso Electric (EPE), an individual not an EPE employee, was transported to an area hospital after unauthorized access into an EPE substation. EPE is working with the proper authorities to assist in the investigation.
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.
El Paso, Texas — El Paso Electric Company (EPE) (NYSE: EE) today announced that the City of El Paso approved, in principle, the settlement terms for EPE's rate case pending in Docket No. 46831 before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). No party in the case has indicated that it intends to oppose the proposed settlement.
Key terms of the proposed settlement include: (i) an annual non-fuel base rate increase of $14.5 million; (ii) a return on equity of 9.65%; (iii) a determination that all new plant in service was prudent and used and useful and therefore is included in rate base; and (iv) allowing EPE to recover reasonable rate case expenses, subject to Commission Staff’s review and currently estimated to be approximately $3.0 million, through a separate surcharge over a three year period.
El Paso Electric (EPE) is assisting with power restoration efforts in Florida after several hundred thousand outages were caused by Hurricane Irma.
EPE has sent a total of 19 employees, including 15 linemen, two safety representatives and material and mechanic service personnel in addition to bucket trucks, boom trucks and other equipment.
According to Florida Power & Light (FPL), they have assembled a workforce of more than 18,000 electric service personnel from nearly 30 states to assist. Full restoration efforts will begin today as it becomes safe to begin work.
EPE has previously responded to calls for help in power restoration due to severe weather events in other parts of the country; most recently in North Texas in March 2017, when more than 208,000 homes and businesses were without power due to severe thunderstorms in the area. EPE also assisted the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, located in Maryland, as well as ConEdison of New York during the Hurricane Sandy storm in 2012.
About Florida Power & Light
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida.
El Paso, Texas — On August 24, 2017, the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in El Paso Electric Company’s (EPE) (NYSE: EE) pending case to change its Texas retail electric rates in Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) Docket No. 46831 issued an order to abate the hearing on the merits, which commenced on August 21, 2017. The hearings were abated to facilitate settlement discussions among the parties. The outcome of any hearing or settlement would be subject to review by the PUCT. EPE expects to file a status report on settlement progress with the ALJs on a weekly basis.
On Sunday, August 6, 2017, El Paso Electric (EPE) and Level 3 Communications will be removing wire across I-10, south of Executive Blvd. Exit 16.
El Paso Electric (EPE) warns customers of a scam currently involving individuals falsely representing themselves as EPE customer service representatives. Customers are being told they have a past due amount and are being asked to call a phone number not associated with EPE to make a payment immediately or their service will be shut off. This is an advanced scam in which the scammers have duplicated EPE’s customer service call center messaging and menu options. When a customer chooses the prompt for payment, they are transferred to a scammer who takes down the customers’ payment and personal information.
El Paso, TEXAS – As El Paso Electric (EPE) works to make the necessary repairs to a substation in far east El Paso, EPE asks the public that has been affected by the recent outages in east El Paso to conserve energy between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. until Friday, July 14, 2017. EPE is asking that customers in the neighborhoods between Montana Avenue (U.S. 62/180) and Pellicano Drive (North/South) and Loop 375 and John Hayes Street/Berryville Street (East/West) conserve energy as these are the customers served by this substation. Please see map attached.
El Paso Electric’s (EPE) Summer College and High School interns announced their company-wide program for this year’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative.
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, El Paso Electric Company (EPE) customers set a new peak demand of approximately 1,935 megawatts (MW), 2.3% or 43 MW higher than the 1,892 MW peak established on July 14, 2016. This preliminary indication is still subject to final verification.
El Paso, TEXAS - El Paso Electric (EPE) and Level 3 Communications require an I-10 closure this Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. for work related to the TxDOT Border West Expressway project. I-10 will be closed from the Downtown Exit 19B to Executive Blvd. Exit 16. I-10 is scheduled to reopen by 2 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for our region. Hot temperatures continue with near-record forecasted highs of 105 - 111 degrees Fahrenheit for Wednesday through Friday. Sustained high temperatures place stress on the power system and equipment, which may lead to power outages. Let's all do our part to conserve energy.
Summer is here and temperatures are rising. It’s also the time of year when electricity use goes up. But did you know there are plenty of things we can all do to reduce our energy consumption and be more Energy Wise?
El Paso, TEXAS - El Paso Electric (EPE) is pleased to announce the commercial operation of its newest solar facility at the EPE Eastside Operations Center Campus in Far East El Paso. This 3,000 kilowatt (kW) facility is home to EPE’s Community Solar Program and is the largest community solar facility in the state of Texas. May 31, 2017 marked the official commercial operation of the community solar facility.
El Paso Electric’s (EPE) Board of Directors elected native El Pasoan Adrian Rodriguez as an Officer of the Company, and announced his promotion to the position of Vice President - General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Adrian Rodriguez has been with EPE since 2013.
El Paso Electric (EPE) crews will begin work on transmission lines for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Border West Expressway project
Over the past week, El Paso Electric (EPE) has seen three outages due to Mylar balloons, affecting just under 7,000 customers in El Paso. Mylar balloons are made of metallic material that can cause a short circuit, potentially resulting in power outages and harm to equipment.
On May, 25, 2017, El Paso Electric’s (EPE) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Raymond Palacios Jr. and Paul M. Barbas to EPE’s Board. This announcement follows the retirement of directors J. Robert Brown and Thomas V. Shockley.
El Paso Electric (EPE) is proud to launch the first demand response initiative for EPE customers. Through the use of customer-owned smart Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, the eSmart Thermostat Program partners with customers to reduce their electricity use during peak times in the summer months.
One month after enrollment began, El Paso Electric’s new Community Solar Program is now fully subscribed. The 3,000 kilowatt facility will be completed by the end of spring 2017.
El Paso Electric (EPE) is preparing to send crews to help in the restoration of power in the wake of the north Texas severe thunderstorms this week. Oncor Electric Delivery Company, which serves approximately 10 million customers across Texas, requested EPE’s assistance due to the more than 208,000 homes and businesses that have been affected as of Wednesday morning throughout their service territory.
El Paso Electric (EPE) is now accepting subscriptions to it’s first-ever Community Solar Program, a new voluntary alternative to the customer-owned rooftop solar option. This program, the first of its kind in the state, provides customers with the opportunity to subscribe to solar generation from a new three-megawatt solar facility.
El Paso, Texas – To enhance system reliability, El Paso Electric (EPE) will require an eastbound and westbound closure of Loop 375 between the Dyer Street exit (Exit 22) and the McCombs Street exit (Exit 24 A) from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017. All underpasses will remain open.
El Paso, Texas –El Paso Electric (EPE) will require an eastbound and westbound closure of I-10 from 3 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017, between North Mesa Street and Resler Drive in west El Paso to allow EPE crews to safely work on structures related to the TxDOT GO 10 Project.
El Paso Electric (EPE) and Doña Ana Community College (DACC) celebrate the opening of a new electrical lineworker training facility at the DACC Chaparral Campus in New Mexico with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Anthony Chamber of Commerce.
Completion of Major Infrastructure Upgrades Basis for
Completion of Major Infrastructure Upgrades Basis for New Rate Change Proposal for El Paso Electric Customers in Texas
Since March 2015, El Paso Electric (EPE) has invested approximately $444.3 million in new generation, distribution and transmission facilities and upgrades to existing local and remote generation infrastructure. Due to the completion of these major capital infrastructure investments, EPE filed a proposal today with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), the City of El Paso and the other incorporated cities within its Texas service territory to change rates to reflect these investments in Texas.
El Paso Electric (EPE) will be undergoing a phone system upgrade from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017. As a result, EPE’s phone service will be periodically unavailable between these times.
El Paso Electric (EPE) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer High School Internship Program. In its sixth year, this paid internship opportunity is open to all high school juniors in El Paso Electric’s service area. The deadline to apply is March 24, 2017.
Through the course of this summer internship, 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 business, finance, and leadership and management skills.
LAS CRUCES, NM – On Monday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 17, 2017, El Paso Electric (EPE) experienced power outages that affected approximately 27,000 customers each day. El Paso Electric was performing maintenance on a transformer in the Las Cruces Substation as part of our regular maintenance plan before the summer.
Texas – On January 3, 2017, the proposed increase to the fixed fuel charge for El Paso Electric’s (EPE) Texas customers was approved. Customers will begin to see the increased fuel charge in bills starting as early as this week. The adjusted fuel charge will increase the average residential bill by $3.55 per month. The reason for the increase of natural gas prices and for continuing natural gas price increase is due to increasing demand, flat production of gas and decreasing stock of gas storage. EPE is permitted by the Public Utility Commission of Texas to only recover its actual fuel-related expenses and is not allowed to earn a profit on these costs.
El Paso Electric actively participates in the community by supporting a diverse mix of civic and charitable programs through its Community Partner Program. El Paso Electric believes contributing to the communities it serves is an important part of its corporate responsibility, and, as such, it helps to define the Company’s purpose and commitment to its region.
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.
El Paso Electric crews are working as safely and quickly as possible to restore power outages caused by high winds throughout our service area. .
El Paso Electric (EPE) is proud to stand with its fellow electric companies, as well as utilities in the natural gas and water sectors, to observe the inaugural Utilities United Against Scams Coalition (UUAS).
El Paso Electric (EPE) broke ground today on the construction of its new three megawatt (MW) solar facility, located in the Montana Power Station Complex in east El Paso. Once completed, this new solar facility will be used for EPE’s new Community Solar Pilot Program, the first of its kind in the state of Texas.
The United States Air Force and El Paso Electric (EPE) have entered into an agreement for the construction of a new five megawatt solar facility to be built on, and dedicated for use by, the Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB), located near Alamogordo, New Mexico. This solar facility will be the first solar resource project EPE will build that is dedicated to serve a military installation.
El Paso Electric (EPE) will offer New Mexico residential customers the opportunity to trade in their used incandescent light bulbs for free ENERGY STAR® LED bulbs. This incentive is part of the ENERGY STAR® Change the World Tour which aims at helping people conserve energy and protect the climate.
Surcharges associated with the incremental Four Corners Generating Station costs, rate case expenses and the relation back of rates back to consumption on and after January 12, 2016, will become effective for Texas customers on October 1, 2016. Customers will see the new surcharges in their utility bills as early as Monday, October 3, 2016.
El Paso Electric (EPE) welcomes the commercial operation of the last generating unit, Unit 4, at the Montana Power Station (MPS) located in east El Paso County. This marks the completion of the Montana Power Station, and together, these four generating units are capable of producing enough energy to provide electricity to more than 160,000 homes and add 352 megawatts (MW) of efficient, reliable and clean energy to our system.
In order to improve system reliability and provide additional capacity to meet projected growth in west El Paso, El Paso Electric (EPE) is proposing to construct a new substation and transmission line approximately 2 miles north of Transmountain Drive (Loop-375) and east of Interstate 10.
El Paso, Texas — The Public Utility Commission of Texas (Commission) approved a Final Order (Order) today in El Paso Electric Company’s (the Company or EPE) rate case. The Order resolves all issues in this rate case.
El Paso, Texas — La Comisión de Utilidades Públicas de Texas (la Comisión) aprobó la Orden Final (la Orden) hoy en el caso de incremento de tarifas de la compañía El Paso Electric (Compañía o EPE, por sus siglas en inglés). La Orden resuelve todas las cuestiones en lo que respecta al caso de las tarifas.
El Paso Electric (EPE) today celebrates a milestone as the only utility in Texas and New Mexico to generate electricity 100 percent coal-free. By eliminating the coal generation from the company’s portfolio and increasing its investment in utility-scale solar, EPE is avoiding more than two billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year, which is the equivalent to taking 190,000 cars off the road and planting 20 million trees.
Meet one-on-one with procurement specialists from local and state agencies. Free procurement event.
The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) will award El Paso Electric (EPE) with the 2016 Corporate Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year award at the 41st Annual Convention and Business Expo in El Paso, Texas. Nine Texas businesses, individuals and organizations with will also be recognized at the TAMACC Annual Convention held on August 4 through August 6, 2016.
On July 21, 2016, El Paso Electric Company (EPE) filed an unopposed settlement agreement (Unopposed Settlement) for EPE’s rate case pending before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT).
Due to the nationwide popularity of the app Pokémon GO, El Paso Electric (EPE) urges its customers to exercise caution while playing the augmented reality game. EPE electrical equipment and facilities are located throughout our service territory. With this in mind, here are a few tips to follow in order to stay safe:
El Paso Electric (EPE) is currently monitoring energy consumption as our service region is experiencing high temperatures and sustained triple-digit temperature days. As EPE continues to prepare for the extreme weather, here are some things you can do in order to conserve energy at work and in your home.
Sunday, July 10 has been designated National Lineworker Appreciation Day. El Paso Electric (EPE), along with The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), recognize all lineworkers as they risk their lives each day in order to ensure reliable and safe electricity service.
New rates, approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) for customers in El Paso Electric’s (EPE) New Mexico service territory, will become effective Friday, July 1, 2016. Residential customers using an average of 660 kilowatt-hours per month in New Mexico will see an average bill increase of approximately $0.89 per month.
On June 8, 2016, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (the “NMPRC”) voted to approve an approximate $1.1 million increase in non-fuel base rates in EPE (NYSE: EE) pending New Mexico rate case (Case No. 15-00127-UT). On May 11, 2015, EPE filed with the NMPRC for an annual increase in non-fuel base rates of approximately $8.6 million or 7.1%. Subsequently, we reduced our requested increase in non-fuel base rates to approximately $6.4 million. On February 16, 2016, the Hearing Examiner assigned to the case issued to the NMPRC a Recommended Decision proposing an annual increase in non-fuel base rates of approximately $640 thousand and a return on equity of 9.60%. The June 8 decision by the NMPRC deviated from the Hearing Examiner’s Recommended Decision by lowering the return on equity to 9.48% and providing a reduction to the rate base offset related to the pension and other post-employment benefit liability. We currently anticipate new non-fuel base rates in New Mexico will become effective in the third quarter of 2016.
The El Paso Electric Company (EPE) Board of Directors announced the appointment of James Schichtl as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Mr. Schichtl will continue to oversee EPE’s Economic and Rate Research and Economic Research groups, as well as EPE’s Regulatory Case Management group.
EPE welcomes the completion of the newest power generating unit at our Montana Power Station (MPS). This is the third unit with an 88-megawatt (MW) turbine powered by natural gas at MPS. Unit 3 was completed on-time and on budget and will provide electricity to more than 40,000 homes. MPS Unit 3 follows the completion of Units 1 and 2, which became operational in March of 2015. These units are already performing, as expected, at about a 40% capacity factor and even higher during the summer months.
Rates for customers in El Paso Electric’s Texas service territory will increase beginning Friday, April 1, 2016. Customers will see the increase in their utility bills as early as Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) approved the interim rates outlined in the settlement agreement between parties on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
El Paso Electric (EPE) warns customers of scams involving individuals falsely representing EPE tree trimming contractors or employees.
El Paso Electric (EPE) announced today the launch of the MyEPE Outage Reporting App – a new and easy way for customers to report an outage at their home or small commercial property.
TxDOT has directed a scheduling change for the second eastbound and westbound closure on I-10 and Paisano, now to take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016. This closure will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., between Sunland Park Drive and Executive Center Blvd. This is to allow EPE crews to safely complete the relocation, addition and rewiring of transmission structures between Sunland Park Drive and Paisano Drive. This construction work is necessary to allow TxDOT to move forward with the GO 10 Project.
El Paso Electric (EPE) will require an eastbound and westbound closure on I-10 from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2016, between Sunland Park Drive and Executive Center Blvd. in west El Paso to allow EPE crews to safely work on structures related to the TxDOT I-10 Collector Project.
El Paso Electric (EPE) is now accepting applications for its Summer High School Internship Program. For the first time, EPE’s High School Summer Internship Program will be open to all high school juniors in the El Paso and Las Cruces areas.
El Paso Electric (EPE) will be hosting its annual Energy Efficiency Program Solutions kickoff meeting this Friday, January 22, 2015. At this meeting, contractors will learn about the new energy efficiency programs available for small commercial customers and the incentives available to participating contractors for projects that reduce peak electric demand.
The El Paso Electric Company (EPE) Board of Directors announces that Mary Kipp, President of EPE, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), today, December 15, 2015.
El Paso Electric (EPE) warn customers of utility scams involving individuals falsely representing El Paso Electric customer service representatives. EPE has seen a rise in the number of customer complaints involving scam artists requesting immediate payment or services will be terminated. Other scams involve asking for personal information or simply demanding payment for current balances.
El Paso Electric proudly honored its Volunteers in Action at a special breakfast on September 16 at the Ft. Bliss Centennial Club.
On August 10, 2015, El Paso Electric (EPE) filed a proposed rate increase for all customers in its Texas service territory. As part of this filing, EPE is proposing to create a new customer class, Partial Requirements. This class is for residential customers who generate power on-site (i.e. rooftop solar customers).
On August 10, 2015, El Paso Electric (EPE) filed a proposed rate increase for all customers with the City of El Paso, municipalities incorporated in its Texas service territory, and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) in Austin. Under the proposed rates, a residential customer using 625 kilowatt-hours per month will see an average bill increase of $8.41 per month when new rates become effective in 2016.
There's a saying about El Paso, Texas, that may seem hard to believe: The city is closer to San Diego than it is to Houston.
"It is true," said Mary Kipp, president of El Paso Electric Co. (EPE). "And we're even a little bit west of Denver."
Notice to New Mexico EPE Customers
El Paso Electric (EPE) has filed for approval for a new community solar pilot program with its regulators in Texas. Under the proposed community solar program, Texas customers will have the opportunity to subscribe, on a voluntary basis, to solar generation from a new 3 megawatt (MW) solar facility owned and operated by EPE at the Montana Power Station (MPS) located in east El Paso. If approved, the new solar facility and program are expected to be operational by mid-2016.
On Monday, May, 11, 2015, El Paso Electric (EPE) filed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) for an increase in electric rates of approximately $8.6 million or 7.1 percent of non-fuel base rates. These proposed rates will result in a 9 percent increase, on average, to total residential bills.
El Paso Electric (EPE) welcomes the completion and commercial operation of the first two generating units at the Montana Power Station (MPS) located in east El Paso, Texas. The two state-of-the-art 88-megawatt (MW) simple-cycle aero-derivative combustion turbines are powered by natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel available. The efficient aero-derivative technology provides quick start capabilities, allowing the units to go from offline to full output in less than 10 minutes, thus increasing overall power grid stability. These two units will generate enough energy to power more than 80,000 homes.
The Borderplex Alliance, a regional non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic development and prosperity in the Ciudad Juarez, El Paso, and southern New Mexico region, announced today that 7 key regional leaders have been appointed to the organization’s board of directors. Additionally, Mary E. Kipp, President of El Paso Electric, was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Board.
El Paso Electric (EPE) and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office warn customers of utility scams involving individuals falsely representing El Paso Electric customer service representatives. EPE and the Sheriff's Office (SO) have seen a rise in the number of customer complaints involving scam artists requesting immediate payment or services will be terminated. Other scams involve asking for personal information or simply demanding payment for current balances.
El Paso Electric (EPE) welcomes the completion and commercial operation of the largest solar facility in El Paso, Texas. With the addition of this 10 megawatt (MW) solar facility, EPE now has 6% of its dedicated energy generation coming from renewable energy resources, doubling its utility-scale solar portfolio in less than one year and making EPE a national leader in solar development.
El Paso Electric is looking to provide real-world work experience to college students in hopes of attracting local talent to return to their hometown after they graduate. El Paso Electric is launching a summer internship program specifically tailored for college students from our area attending a school out-of-town. This program was created to provide students with an internship opportunity while they are home for the summer. To apply, click here. The deadline to apply is Friday, April, 3, 2015.
The El Paso Electric Company Board of Directors announced the election of board members Charles A. Yamarone as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors and El Pasoan Edward Escudero as Vice Chairman of the Board. Mr. Yamarone will replace departing Chairman, Michael K. Parks, who has resigned in order to accept a position with a global investment management firm.
KCOS announced its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest, made possible in part by local financial support from the El Paso Electric Company empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.
The El Paso Electric Company announced its commitment of $25,000 to the 2014-15 EPISD Education Foundation on Tuesday and will serve as this year’s honorary chair for the Campaign for Excellence. The $25,000 financial gift supports the mission of the Education Foundation to provide scholarships to deserving high school seniors and classroom impact grants to enhance the education for all students.
“El Paso Electric has a long history of giving back to the community we serve and live in," said Mary Kipp, El Paso Electric President. “El Paso Electric, the El Paso Independent School District and the EPISD Education Foundation are united in a commitment to providing resources to students interested in STEM Careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which are critical to the future of our workforce and the economic development of our community. We look forward to a strong partnership with the new leadership at EPISD in our joint support of students and teachers."
El Paso Electric (EPE) has established a $25,000 scholarship fund through the New Mexico State University Foundation Inc. for the electrical worker certification program at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Gadsden Center for the spring 2015 semester.
Each year, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) recognizes significant advances in solar power in the electric utility industry. SEPA recognizes industry leaders who have demonstrated achievement and innovation in advancing solar power. El Paso Electric (EPE) was one of the top three finalist selected by a panel of expert judges for the Investor-Owned Utility of the Year Award for 2014.
El Paso Electric urges you to give yourself and your loved ones the gift of electrical safety this holiday season.
The El Paso Electric Board of Directors today appointed Richard Turner to Vice President of Corporate Development.
Fall is here, and those cold winter nights are not far behind. Don’t wait until winter to think about how you can use energy more efficiently. Keeping your home comfortable during winter weather can be easy and less expensive. Follow these simple tips:
According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year for decorating, second only to Christmas.
Fifth grade students in Las Cruces are becoming experts in energy efficiency and water conservation, and it shows in what they are saving at home. Right now 2,926 teachers and students in the Las Cruces area are learning the importance of being energy and water efficient with the El Paso Electric LivingWise™ Program. The electric annual savings produced by the program in El Paso Electric’s New Mexico service territory have saved enough electricity to power 129 single-family homes, enough water to provide water to 39 homes for an entire year, and the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 98 passenger vehicles for one year.
The El Paso Electric Company (EPE) Board of Directors officially announces that Mary Kipp, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer,has been appointed as President of El Paso Electric.
El Paso Electric is a proud sponsor of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council and the 2014 Diversity at the Border.
El Paso Electric Company (EPE) today released a request for proposal (RFP) for Engineering, Procurement and Construction services for two utility-scale solar energy generating facilities.
The El Paso Electric (EPE) Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Eduardo Gutierrez to Vice President of External and Public Affairs. In his new role, Gutierrez will lead the Company’s External Affairs and Public Relations functions.
Downed power lines can carry an electric current strong enough to cause serious injury or even death.
El Paso Electric advises customers, both residential and commercial, to be aware of nationwide utility scams involving individuals falsely representing utility companies.
For the third year, El Paso Electric (EPE) is sponsoring a Summer High School Internship Program to provide work experience to local high school students. As part of the 8-week program, 14 students will spend their summer vacation employed at El Paso Electric and will learn new job skills, responsibilities and develop leadership skills.
El Paso Electric Company (EPE) is well-positioned for the new carbon standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPE will be coal-free by 2016, and in less than one year, has doubled its utility-scale solar portfolio, making EPE a national leader in solar development.
Power outages are more common in hot weather months than at other times of the year. During the summer, two events affect El Paso Electric’s electrical system: storms and overloaded electrical equipment caused by an increased demand for power.
When it’s hot, you don’t have to choose between saving energy and keeping cool. By using the following conservation techniques, you can comfortably cool your home and still control your energy costs.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) previously issued greenhouse gas (GHG) permit for El Paso Electric’s (EPE) four-unit natural gas burning Montana Power Station became effective on April 25, 2014 when no appeals were filed prior to the expiration of the appeals period. EPE may now commence construction of the first two units, which it expects to bring online by the summer peak of 2015.
El Paso Electric (EPE) welcomes Michael D. Blanchard as the new Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. Blanchard will be responsible for developing regulatory strategy and filings to comply with all requirements of the regulatory commissions in Texas and New Mexico as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
El Paso Electric (EPE) is getting social!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the greenhouse gas (GHG) permit for El Paso Electric’s (EPE) Montana Power Station in Far East El Paso.
The beginning of spring often brings thoughts of spring cleaning, but it is also a great opportunity to be more energy efficient.
El Paso Electric Company (EPE) and Newman Solar LLC, owned by Colorado-based juwi solar Inc. (JSI), have signed an agreement to build a 10 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility in Northeast El Paso next to EPE’s Newman Generation Station.
El Paso Electric (EPE, por sus siglas en inglés) y Newman Solar LLC, que pertenece a juwi Solar Inc. (JSI, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual se encuentra localizado en Colorado, han firmado un acuerdo para construir una nueva instalación de energía solar de 10 mega watts (MW) en el noreste de El Paso enseguida de la Central Eléctrica Newman.
It is never too early to start planning for warmer weather as spring is quickly approaching. Here are some helpful ideas to save money in your home or business.
Is your son or daughter curious about science and technology? Would your business benefit from learning
how to be more energy efficient? El Paso Electric offers free and informative presentations on a variety of topics.
El Paso Electric (EPE) warns customers of nationwide utility scams involving individuals falsely representing utility companies, in particular now during the holiday season. EPE has seen a rise in customer complaints from scam artists requesting immediate payment over the phone or services will be terminated. Other scams involve asking for personal information over the phone or simply demanding payment for current balances.
El Paso Electric (EPE por sus siglas en inglés) advierte a sus clientes que estén atentos a engaños que ha habido en toda la nación relacionada con servicios públicos y que involucran a individuos que falsamente representan compañías de servicios, especialmente en estos tiempos festivos. EPE ha identificado un incremento de reportes por parte de sus clientes, reportando estafadores requiriendo algún pago inmediato por teléfono o diciendo que de lo contrario sus servicios serán desconectados. Otras estafas incluyen solicitud de información personal por teléfono o simplemente exigencias de pago por saldos supuestamente vencidos.
El Paso Electric (EPE) and Far East El Paso Citizens United (FEEPCU), represented by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in El Paso (TRLA), have reached a settlement agreement after a year of litigation before state and federal environmental agencies. FEEPCU has agreed to withdraw its objections and not oppose the construction of the proposed Montana Power Station (MPS). EPE has agreed to a number of significant actions demonstrating the Company's commitment to the Montana Vista neighborhood.
El Paso Electric celebrated the addition of a 20 kilowatt (kW) (DC) Van Horn Solar Installation to its power generation mix with a special event attended by Van Horn community members. The facility is located at EPE’s Customer Service Office in Van Horn, Texas and is part of the ongoing commitment that EPE made to build more solar power in the region.
El Paso Electric (EPE) welcomes Eddie Gutierrez as the new spokesperson responsible for EPE’s external communications and marketing activities.
El Paso Electric (EPE, por sus siglas en inglés) da la bienvenida a Eddie Gutiérrez como su nuevo portavoz responsable de todos los asuntos y actividades externas de comunicación y mercadeo de EPE.
With the change in seasons and the coming busy holidays, El Paso Electric urges everyone to keep electrical safety in mind when preparing your home for the fall season.
El Paso Electric broke ground today on its new Distribution Operations Center located in East El Paso County on Montana Avenue. The Distribution Operations Center is part of EPE’s ongoing commitment to improve reliability and upgrade its customer service.
Ben Nadler, Senior Engineering and Support Specialist at El Paso Electric, has been invited to present at the annual Esri Electric and Gas GIS Conference (EEGGC) to be held in San Antonio on October 20-23.
El Paso Electric is showing its support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The El Paso Electric Board of Directors today announced promotions and organizational changes positioning the company to continue its support of economic growth in its service territory while maintaining excellent service and reliability.
El Paso Electric employees have contributed more than 14,000 hours to their communities in the past year. This accomplishment was cause for celebration at EPE’s Annual Volunteers in Action Breakfast on Sept. 20. EPE employees were honored for their contributions to the community and four awards were presented to recognize exceptional community leadership.
Although the rain storms experienced in the Southern New Mexico and West Texas region haven’t caused wide-spread outages in the area, El Paso Electric crews are on alert and ready to assist customers should outages occur.
Due to increasing fuel costs, primarily the increase in the price of natural gas, EPE filed a petition to increase the existing Texas Fixed Fuel Factor effective October 1, 2013.
In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, El Paso Electric will close its business offices in Texas and New Mexico on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
El Paso Electric advises customers to be aware of nationwide utility scams involving individuals falsely representing utility companies.
A very strong storm this past weekend left thousands of people without power in Albuquerque. El Paso Electric responded to Public Service Company of New Mexico’s call for help and sent crews to assist in the restoration of electricity.
El Paso Electric advises customers, both residential and commercial, to be aware of nationwide utility scams involving individuals falsely representing utility companies.
Local charitable organizations got a little extra help when El Paso Electric offered its support by presenting them with contribution checks. So far this year, more than 97 community groups and organizations in Texas and New Mexico have been the recipients of community donations totaling $1.05 million from El Paso Electric’s Community Partner Program.
El Paso Electric has awarded a contract for the construction and installation of a 15.4kW photo-voltaic (PV) system at its Van Horn Customer Service Office.
Rio Grande 9, El Paso Electric’s newest generation unit at the Rio Grande Generating Station in Sunland Park, New Mexico, is now generating electricity for approximately 40,000 homes.
When the temperature rises, So does the need for electrical safety awareness.
El Paso Electric today announced the establishment of endowed scholarship programs in the Departments of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University.
El Paso Electric celebrated the opening of its new customer service office in Downtown El Paso today with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
So far this year, more than 40 community groups and organizations in Texas and New Mexico have been the recipients of community donations from El Paso Electric’s Community Partner Program.
The El Paso Electric Board of Directors has appointed Guillermo Silva to serve as Vice President of Community Outreach.
The U.S. EPA has recognized El Paso Electric with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.
Right now 8,034 teachers and students in the El Paso area are learning the importance of being energy and water efficient with the El Paso Electric LivingWise Program.
El Paso Electric recognized teachers at Loma Heights Elementary who have excelled in teaching the LivingWise Program. The electric annual savings produced by the program in El Paso Electric’s New Mexico service territory have saved enough electricity to power 228 single-family homes, and the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 386 passenger vehicles for one year.
El Paso Electric is proud to announce EPE is once again the most reliable utility in Texas during 2012.
As part of El Paso Electric’s ongoing commitment to upgrade and improve its energy service, Ell Paso Electric will soon construct a new Transmission and Distribution Operations Center in East El Paso County on property located at Montana Avenue and Zaragoza.
City of Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima presented the Mayor’s Quarterly Distinguished Service Award to El Paso Electric. The Mayor’s Award is presented to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in service to the community and to others.
El Paso Electric published public notice of the filing of the Macho Springs power purchase agreement for approval by the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission.
The Edison Electric Institute today honored El Paso Electric with its 2012 Emergency Assistance Award for helping in the restoration of power to the New York area in the wake Superstorm Sandy.
In observance of the Christmas Day Holiday, El Paso Electric (EPE) business offices, including customer payment centers, in Texas and New Mexico will close at noon on Monday, Dec. 24 and all day on Tuesday, December 25.
El Paso Electric’s Board of Directors has announced the election of Edward Escudero and Woody L. Hunt to EPE’s Board of Directors.
El Paso Electric will mark the tenth anniversary of trading on the New York Stock Exchange by ringing the Opening Bell on Tuesday, December 4.
El Paso Electric and Element Power today announced a power purchase agreement for the total output from Element Power’s Macho Springs Solar Project, a 50-MW solar photovoltaic power plant located near Deming, New Mexico.
The devastation left by Hurricane Sandy this week continues to affect millions who remain without power. El Paso Electric responded to Consolidated Edison’s call for help and is sending crews to assist in the restoration of electricity.
El Paso Electric has received a request to send crews to help in the restoration of power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the northeast storms.
El Paso Electric has received calls pertaining to a scam that preys on EPE customers.
El Paso Electric employees have contributed more than 13,000 hours to community service in the past year. This accomplishment was cause for celebration at EPE’s Annual Volunteers in Action Breakfast on Sept. 20. EPE employees were honored for their contributions to the community and 11 awards were presented to recognize exceptional volunteer service.
Six employees of Asplundh Tree Expert Co. were recognized today by El Paso Electric for their efforts in rescuing an 18-month-old girl and capturing her would-be kidnapper.
El Paso Electric recently contributed $25,000 to The Hub of Human Innovation, a unique entity created to assist entrepreneurs in establishing their businesses in the region.
El Paso Electric has filed a request with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to refund over-collection of fuel costs to Texas customers in September 2012.
In recent weeks, El Paso Electric (EPE) has learned of several scams that prey on EPE customers.
Watching television and playing video games was not in the plan this summer for seven high school students from Bowie and El Paso High. As part of a 6-week pilot program at El Paso Electric, the students are spending their summer vacation employed at El Paso Electric and learning new job skills and responsibilities.
Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and officials from El Paso Electric Company (EPE), the regional electric utility (NYSE: EE) for the area, and SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR), gathered today to officially inaugurate and name the 12 megawatt solar power plant located near Las Cruces International Airport.
Hector R. Puente, El Paso Electric’s Senior Vice President of Operations, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for EPE.
The El Paso Electric Board of Directors announced that Thomas V. Shockley has been appointed the Company’s permanent CEO.
El Paso Electric is closely monitoring two wildfires in New Mexico.
In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, El Paso Electric will close its business offices in Texas and New Mexico on Monday, May 28, 2012.
Metallic balloons make nice gifts, but they play havoc with power lines. Each year, Mylar balloons cause power disruptions that impact thousands of homes and businesses.
El Paso Electric is pleased to announce the promotions of H. Wayne Soza to Vice President of Compliance, Risk Management, and Human Resources and of Marybeth Stevens to Assistant Vice President of External Affairs and Public Relations.
El Paso Electric prepares for region's economic growth and customers' growing demand for electricity with plans to build a new power plant in East El Paso County.
On April 19, El Paso Electric has added solar power to its corporate headquarters in Downtown El Paso.
El Paso Electric is pleased to announce that the City of El Paso approved a settlement of the El Paso Electric's pending rate case on April 17, 2012. The settlement, which provides for a $15 million reduction in base rates, is designed to encourage economic growth, primarily through rate reductions for commercial and industrial customers in Texas.
Hatch establishments that use vending machines and reach-in coolers are saving money and energy by taking advantage of the Energy Miser program from El Paso Electric.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized El Paso Electric (EPE) with a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering information and services to its customers to increase energy efficiency.
Thanks to the efforts of El Paso Electric Transmission and Distribution employees, EPE’s was once again the most reliable utility in Texas during 2011.
As directed by the El Paso City Council, El Paso Electric filed a rate case with the City today.
David W. Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of the El Paso Electric (EPE) Company, notified the Board of Directors in a letter on January 30 that he is resigning his position effective March 2, 2012 to pursue another job opportunity.
El Paso Electric broke ground today on the addition to the area’s power generation. EPE will be adding Rio Grande 9, a simple-cycle aeroderivative gas turbine.