Reconnection of Services
When service is disconnected for nonpayment of a bill, damage to the meter caused by tampering or bypassing, or other evidence of theft of service, you will be asked to pay the entire past due amount of the bill, a reconnection fee and a security deposit before service can be restored.
Payment of all charges can be made at one of
El Paso Electric's business offices, authorized payment agents, as well as online or by phone through BillMatrix Credit Card/Electronic Check Payment during regular business hours.
If a deposit exists, EPE may increase it under the provisions governing the imposition of an additional deposit. If you comply with the requirements necessary to have your service reconnected, it will be scheduled for reconnection the next regular business day. EPE may charge an after-hours rate for reconnection requested on the same day, after business hours, or on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
If energy diversion and damages to the meter are involved, you may also be required to pay damage charges and an energy diversion fee.
Disconnection of Service
El Paso Electric can disconnect service for any of the following reasons:
1. Failure to pay your bill or make payment arrangements by the date of the disconnection;
2. Failure to comply with payment arrangements;
3. Violation of EPE rules about the use of service in a way that interferes with the service of others or the operation of non-standard equipment (if EPE has made a reasonable attempt to notify you, has given you a reasonable opportunity to remedy the situation and you have not remedied the situation); and/or
4. Failure to comply with deposit or letter of guarantee arrangements.
Steps Taken Before Disconnection
If disconnection occurs for any of the above-listed reasons, EPE is required to give proper notice before disconnecting. Proper notice is given by mailing or hand-delivering a termination notice at least ten (10) days prior to the date EPE plans to disconnect. The notice must prominently display the words “DISCONNECTION NOTICE,” state the date of disconnection, and contain a statement informing you about the possible availability of financial assistance and special payment programs. The notice also will tell you to contact EPE for information about available programs. The information included in the notice will be provided in English and Spanish as necessary to adequately inform the customer. You will incur a fee if a collector collects a payment at your home before disconnection occurs.
Service may be disconnected without notice in the following situations:
1. Where a known hazardous condition exists, pending correction of the condition, EPE will leave a written statement on the front door of your residence if it is reasonable to do so after service is disconnected. The statement will indicate the reason for the disconnection and the telephone numbers to call during regular business hours or after business hours in order to have your service reconnected;
2. When a person has not applied for service, and if an unauthorized connection is made or when service has been disconnected for nonpayment and an unauthorized reconnection is made; or
3. In cases involving the tampering or bypassing of an EPE meter or other EPE equipment or evidence of theft of service.
If you have questions about disconnection of service, please contact our
Customer Service Department.