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10/19/2015

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Ken

El Paso Electric wants to pay for the extra power plants they are building, but don't need. These are assets they claim to need but don't. The solar argument makes no sense. Hypothetically costs the same to hook up two similar homes. One converts to solar, the other doesn't. The one converting to solar sells back their excess electricity for 3 cents per KWH and EPEC in turn sells each KWH to another residential customer for 13 cents per KWH. EPEC is playing where's waldo with the real need for the rate increase. They want to build more power plants! Those are the assets they want to acquire. They really don't need those extra power plants, but are using the solar customers to camouflage their real intentions. Don't be distracted by what is really happening here. Steve Fischmann and Bill Soules in New Mexico have this all figured out.

Max Powers

Ken,

On-grid solar is cheaper than off-grid solar. Why is that? Because of the grid. If I lived next to you and I was off-grid, my 5kW system will cost more than yours.

Certainly you would agree that a utility should make enough to cover the expenses of operating and maintaining a grid? It is that grid that allows you to go solar, or at least makes it affordable enough for you.

The good thing is the issue revolves around money.

I am sure there is a magic number that everyone would be okay with.

Yes, a utility wanting to build or buy more power plants seems to like a good idea to ensure grid reliability. And we are even not talking about EPA mandates yet.

Don't get me wrong, I want the solar guys to prevail. But this should be something spoken in very practical term even if the other side does not want to.

Love,

Max

Jerry K

It's like EPWU promoting water conservation and then raising rates because people conserved water

Ken

Max - El Paso Electric has built and wants to continue building more power plants that are rarely used under the pretense of grid reliability. Absent those costs, they do not need a rate increase and could leave the solar customers alone to reap the long term benefit of their decision.

Max Powers

Ken,

You are saying EPE does not need the those power plants, but EPE wants to build them. EPE is a publicly-traded company, it cannot just blow money away that easily on something that is deemed unnecessary.

Love,

Max

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