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FELPS revises customer terms
FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) has approved some changes to its customer terms, as approved at the March 27 board of trustees meeting. Finance Manager Marcy Jacobs said following the meeting that one of the changes was a “revenue neutral move.” New residential customers, instead of being charged a $25 connection fee and a $5 “soft search” -- identity verification -- fee, will be assessed a flat fee of $30. Commercial customers, who, in addition to their soft search fee were charged a $15 application fee, will be charged $20.
Changes also were made to the Level Payment Plan Agreement, which give FELPS options related to removing a customer who does not fulfill his or her end of the contract.
“Under the new agreement, a customer that does not maintain excellent payment history may be removed,” Jacobs said. “Also, new customers signing up must enroll in, and remain on, the auto-draft payment program.”
Also during the meeting, FELPS General Manager Kyle Dicke reported that the purchased-power adjustment on bills mailed March 25 indicates a $15.95 per 1,000 kilowatt-hour charge. Jacobs said FELPS’s supplier, San Antonio-based CPS Energy, identified three key factors that drove up fuel costs during the billing period:
•Renewable-energy production for February was up significantly, accounting for 19 percent of the total energy supply. This displaces resources such as coal, which is generally less expensive.
•Planned and unplanned outages on several coal-fired generation units, which are allowing CPS to provide necessary maintenance and repairs to help the units operate more efficiently during higher-load periods.
•One of the units of the South Texas Project, which is not part of the routine maintenance cycle, is currently offline.
Jacobs said CPS has pledged to have the outages resolved prior to the onset of hotter weather in May.
In other business, Dicke told the board that the system’s financial advisor, RBC Capital Markets, informed FELPS that it might save money by refunding portions of its outstanding bonds issued in 2002 and 2005. Jacobs said preliminary research is under way to determine the feasibility of this option.
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