On May 19th, the PUCT sent El Paso Electric’s bid to increase utility rates back down to administrative law judges after determining that El Paso Electric did not provide adequate notice of their rate increase to residential solar customers under Texas law. Earlier this year, El Paso Electric (EPE) and the City of El Paso had reached a settlement on a $37 million rate increase to fund the public utility’s infrastructure improvements. EPE executives claim this deal represents the best interests of the utility and its customers, but some customers are being hit harder than others.
We, Environment Texas, on behalf of our members in Harris County and Dr. Julie P. Katkin, Dr. Harold J. Farber, Dr. Ernestina Melicoff and Dr. Erin J. McDade, urge the TCEQ to deny the Title V permit and to delay the issuance of any additional permits to Pasadena Refinery System, Inc. until the facility is able to come into compliance with existing permits and reduce dangerous emission events that threaten public health and the environment.
CPS Energy is hiring a new CEO – they should pick a leader to help them go solar. Under the leadership of the past CEO, Doyle Beneby, San Antonio’s municipally owned utility has made great strides to expand the use of renewable energy. But his departure leaves CPS’ solar future unclear. Now momentum is growing for a new "green" hire.