El Paso Electric Drops Solar Surcharge Campaign


The case was part of El Paso Electric’s efforts to gain approval for $1.3 billion in infrastructure improvements.

The utility has dropped proposal to charge residential solar customers an $11 per month fee because of their alledged extra cost to the utility. A 278-page settlement agreement between El Paso Electric, the city of El Paso and a broad coalition of solar energy advocates was filed with the Public Utility Commission on Thursday, one year after the initial proposal.

The agreement included dozens of signers, including the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the Energy Freedom Coalition of America, Sunrun, NRG and Arcelor Mittal, among solar supporters. Among other opponents to the surcharge was State Senator José Rodríguez.