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Electricity

PROVIDER: EL PASO ELECTRIC

Reliable electricity service is important to economic success. El Paso Electric has ensured the availability of electricity to its customers by acquiring a portion of Arizona’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station while utilizing coal-generated power from New Mexico. El Paso Electric can help business customers improve energy management and efficiency throughout their operations to maximize their energy dollars.

The rate schedules presented below represent the standard rate schedules that are likely to apply to commercial or industrial customers based on the size of the expected electricity-service requirement.

  • Average annual firm peak demand for El Paso: 1,491 MW (megawatts)
  • Average margin above firm peak demand: 242 MW or 16.2%

BUSINESS TEXAS General Service Rate — Service with 15−600 kW (kilowatts) demand
Schedule No. 24

Monthly Rate
$17.55 customer charge

Demand Charge (Summer)
$11.91 per kW for all kW of demand

Energy Charge

  • $0.06755 per kWh for the first 200 hours times the maximum measured demand
  • $0.04913 per kWh for the next 150 hours times the maximum measured demand
  • $0.03573 per kWh for all additional kWh

Monthly Minimum
Customer charge, plus the applicable demand charge.

BUSINESS TEXAS Large Power Service — Service with more than 600 kW demand
Schedule No. 25

Monthly Rate
$100 customer charge

Demand Charge - Primary Voltage
$18.62 per kW for all kW of demand

Energy Charge per kWh

  • $0.012998 per kWh for the first 400 hours times the maximum measured demand
  • $0.00709 per kWh for all additional kWh

Monthly Minimum
Customer charge plus the applicable demand charge.

Fixed-Fuel Factor
Schedule No. 98

Electricity service billed under rate schedules having a “fixed fuel factor” clause shall be subject to a fixed-fuel factor.

Formula
The fixed-fuel factors recognize loss adjustments due to different voltage levels of service:

 

 

Energy Loss Factor

Fixed Fuel Factor

($/kWh

Texas System

1.00000

0.022344

Transmission Voltage

(If the Customer takes service and is metered at 69,000 volts or higher)

0.96494

0.021561

Primary Voltage

(If customer takes service and is metered at 2,400 volts or higher but less than 69,000 volts)

0.99014

0.022124

Secondary Voltage

(If customer takes service and is metered at 480 volts and below.)

1.00834

0.022530

Source: El Paso Electric Company, May 2012. Updated: July 2012.

 

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Natural Gas

PROVIDER: TEXAS GAS SERVICE

Texas Gas Service helps its customers and Texas grow through various services and programs. Texas Gas Service personnel are committed to providing business customers with services to meet their growing needs.

  • Firm capacity for natural gas in El Paso: 226,675 MCF (thousand cubic feet)

Referenced below is CCF, or hundred cubic feet.

 

Natural Gas Rates

 

Energy CHG/CCF

 

Cost of Gas/CCF

 

Total Rate/CCF

Cost of Gas:   0.37036

Residential Rate (inside city limits)

Rate Code

G11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer Charge

 

$11.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

     First 200 CCF

 

 

@

0.0000000

+

0.3703600

=

0.3703600

     Over 200 CCF

 

 

@

0.3810300

+

0.3703600

=

0.7513900

                 

Commercial Rate  (inside city limits)

Rate Code

G12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer Charge

 

$19.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

     First 100 CCF

 

 

@

0.0000000

+

0.3703600

=

0.3703600

     Next 400 CCF

 

 

@

0.1090100

+

0.3703600

=

0.4793700

     Next 2500 CCF

 

 

@

0.0890100

+

0.3703600

=

0.4593700

    More than 3,000 CCF

 

 

@

0.0690100

+

0.3703600

=

0.4393700

                 

Industrial Rate (inside city limits)

Rate Code

G13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer Charge

 

$95.85

 

 

 

 

 

 

     First 100 CCF

 

 

@

0.0000000

+

0.3703600

=

0.3703600

     Next 400 CCF

 

 

@

0.1452800

+

0.3703600

=

0.5156400

     Next 2500 CCF

 

 

@

0.1352800

+

0.3703600

=

0.5056400

     More than 3,000 CCF

 

 

@

0.0652800

+

0.3703600

=

0.4356400

                 

Public Authority  (inside city limits)

Rate Code

G14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer Charge

 

$36.28

 

 

 

 

 

 

     First 100 CCF

 

 

@

0.0000000

+

0.3703600

=

0.3703600

     Next 400 CCF

 

 

@

0.1140900

+

0.3703600

=

0.4844500

     Next 2500 CCF

 

 

@

0.0940900

+

0.3703600

=

0.4644500

     More than 3000 CCF

 

 

@

0.0840900

+

0.3703600

=

0.4544500

These rates are not subject to weather normalization, rates are effective with meters read on/after July 01, 2012

Source: Texas Gas Service (November 2010)

Updated: July 2012

 

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Water and Wastewater

PROVIDER: EL PASO WATER UTILITIES

City Ordinance No. 752 established the El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board to manage and operate the water and wastewater system for the city of El Paso. The seven-member board of trustees, which also makes up the Public Service Board, consists of the El Paso mayor and four El Paso County residents appointed by City Council for four-year staggered terms.

El Paso Water Utilities’ capacity and demand:

  • Total capacity of 332.5 million gallons of water per day
  • Well capacity of 205 million gallons per day
  • Surface water capacity of 100 million gallons per day
  • Desalination capacity of 27.5 million gallons per day
  • Peak-day demand for water was 158.7 million gallons in 2008


WATER SERVICE

All water-service users are subject to a monthly charge by the El Paso Water Utilities, consisting of two fixed charges plus a commodity charge for water used. See the tables below for a cost breakdown.

 

Fixed Monthly Charges for Potable Water Service

Meter Size

Minimum Monthly Charge

Water Supply Replacement Charge

Less than 1”

$5.18

$6.39

1”

$8.06

$15.97

1½”

$13.82

$31.94

2”

$16.63

$51.10

3”

$33.21

$102.18

4”

$49.58

$159.67

6”

$75.18

$319.34

8”

$128.77

$593.95

For residential customers only: A volume of 4 CCF, or 2,992.4 gallons, is included in the minimum charge each month.

For all other users and residential customers using an excess of the volume allowance (4 CCF) included in the minimum, the following rates for water usage apply.

 

Water Usage Rates

Block

Volume

Charge per CCF

Block 1

More than 4 CCF to 150% of AWC*

$1.56

Block 2

More than 150% to 250% of AWC*

$3.68

Block 3

More than 250% of AWC

$5.27

*AWC, or Average Winter Consumption, is the average of water used during the most recent December, January and February billing periods.

WASTEWATER SERVICE

A sewer-service charge is collected monthly from every user connected to the sewer system of the El Paso Water Utilities. The sewer-service charge consists of a minimum monthly charge (as shown in the table below) plus a commodity charge of $1.38 per CCF for 90 percent of the customer’s AWC*.

For residential customers only, the charge for those using a volume of 4 CCF or less is included in the minimum charge.

 

Fixed Monthly Charge for Wastewater Service

Meter Size

Monthly Minimum Charge

Less than 1”

$10.93

1”

$25.14

1½”

$53.51

2”

$67.32

3”

$148.83

4”

$229.23

6”

$355.04

8”

$618.66


RECLAIMED WATER SERVICE

There are four wastewater treatment plants that serve the region with reclaimed water. They are ...

  • Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Haskell Street Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Roberto Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Fred Hervey Wastewater Treatment Plant

Reclaimed water is available at a rate of $0.96 per CCF ($1.28 per 1,000 gallons.) to the following areas:

  • Northwest Reclaimed Water Project
  • Central Reclaimed Water Project
  • Mission Valley Reclaimed Water Project
  • Northeast Water Reclamation Projects

Source: El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board (rates effective February 28, 2013).
Updated:  March 2013.

 

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DESALINATION

In order to enhance El Paso’s long-term supply of potable water, El Paso Water Utilities and Fort Bliss teamed together in a public-private partnership that culminated in the development of the $80 million Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant, an advanced, ecofriendly desalination plant designed with a complex network of wells, pipelines, storage and pumping facilities.

  • Currently the world’s largest inland desalination plant
  • Produces up to 27.5 million gallons of potable water each day
  • Offers a water-resource learning center

By using previously unusable brackish water supply, the Hutchison plant is creating a new supply of water — literally water from water. By pumping this brackish water to facilities where it can be treated, the threat of contamination of the fresh supply of the existing groundwater is eliminated.

The desalination process is the most comprehensive water-treatment technology available anywhere, removing salts and other potential pollutants from the water. The facilities augment existing supplies to make sure El Paso and Ft. Bliss have sufficient water for growth and development for 50 years and beyond.

 

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