Wrapped in Value
I don't think there is a more exciting time of year than the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a child, I remember taking a piece of candy from my family's advent calendar each night, the anticipation building as we counted down the days to Dec. 25.
While the holiday season is full of excitement, we sometimes miss the magic as we juggle hefty shopping lists, parties, and wrapping up work projects before the end of the year. These tasks can add stress-not joy-to the holiday season. However, those of us at Columbus Electric want you to think of your electric co-op as an early holiday gift wrapped with several layers of value.
As a member-owner of the Cooperative you receive several perks that come in handy this time of year including our energy efficiency rebate program.
And if you're expecting a lot of family visiting over the holidays, every kilowatt-hour saved counts! Our energy efficiency program offers tips and cash rebates for certain electrical appliances to assist you in managing your electricity use.
But the best co-op value of all can be seen in the faces of your friends and neighbors who work at Columbus Electric. You can find us participating at fund raising events, toy drives, and working with charitable organizations throughout the year.
Folks in Luna and Hidalgo counties created Columbus Electric 65 years ago to power our community and empower members to improve their quality of life. That's our purpose. It warms my heart to see staff going the extra mile to power our community and make life a bit better for everyone.
Avoid getting caught in the hustle and bustle of the season. Take a moment to watch the excitement in the eyes of your children and grandchildren as they count down the days. Enjoy every last piece of fudge.
Then, after gifts are wrapped and meals cooked, take time to look into the faces of those around your table. They are your purpose. The rest of the holiday scramble is just details.
Arizona Rate Case progressing...slowly
Since mid-summer we have provided members rate case updates. While our New Mexico members have had new rates in effect since summer's end, our Arizona customers continue to experience significant volatility in the Fuel and Purchase Power Cost Adjustment on their bills.
We want to assure those members that we are working diligently in navigating our way through the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) regulatory rate adjustment process.
The following is the schedule we have been provided in the ACC case:
|Original Filing by CEC||07/22/2013|
|Sufficiency (review by ACC staff)||08/21/2013|
|CEC testimony except rate design||12/06/2013|
|CEC testimony rate design||12/20/2013|
|ACC staff Sur-rebuttal due||02/18/2014|
Remember the primary reason for this rate adjustment was to incorporate the majority of the variable power cost adjustment into our fixed costs thereby providing our members rate stability. Until this case is completed we have no alternative but to bill our Arizona customers under their existing rate structure.
We continue to work diligently towards providing rate stability for all our members
Tip of the Month
|Electric bills rise in the winter for lots of reasons-holiday parties, house guests, and shorter days and longer nights. Take little measures to help control costs like turning down the thermostat, washing clothes in cold water, swapping out light bulbs for high-efficiency versions, and using microwaves or toaster ovens to cook. Find more ways to save at www.togetherwesave.com.|
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