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Section A: General News


FELPS rates could increase by average of 3 percent


FELPS rates could increase by average of 3 percent
General Manager Kyle Dicke


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May 7, 2014
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If approved by the Floresville City Council at a later date, a new rate structure proposed by the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) would mean an average increase of 3 percent on bills among the system’s approximately 15,000 customers. Of that total, roughly 12,000 are residential.

The FELPS board of trustees could vote on a proposed new rate structure at a special meeting set for May 7. The board discussed the changes at its April 30 meeting.

Part of the proposed structure merges “all-electric” and “lights and appliances” residential customers into one rate class. Customers who use both gas and electricity in their homes would be billed at the same rate as those who use electricity exclusively.

According to information presented by General Manager Kyle Dicke and Finance Director Marcy Jacobs during the meeting, assuming that the power-cost recovery factor (PCRF) for the month is $9.85 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours, a residential customer who uses that amount of electricity would be billed $99.45. Under those conditions, this is 2.42 percent more than current all-electric customers would pay, but 3.79 percent less than what lights and appliance customers would pay.

With regard to the PCRF, which is reviewed on a quarterly basis, Dicke said it would remain at $25.50 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours on bills mailed April 25 -- which are due May 10.

Also included in the envelope with those bills is a notice that contractors soon will begin affixing tags on every utility pole that FELPS maintains within its system, Dicke said. Some of these poles are located in pastures and back yards.

Each reflective tag will bear a unique seven-digit

code number and a quick response barcode -- also known as a “QR code.” The information from each tag will be matched with FELPS’ mapping information, which will enable workers to orient themselves anywhere within the system.

The trustees approved a bid for Express Inc. to provide 150,000 tags for $184,500, which will include shipping, printing, and mounting hardware. This price will remain fixed, Dicke said, if FELPS should need to purchase more, as it is unknown just how many poles are in the system. Estimates vary between 90,000 and 400,000.

Also in attendance: Board members Mark Moczygemba, Vernon Lambeck, Pat Pollok, Larry Stavinoha, Ignacio Vasquez, and Floresville Mayor Diana Garza.

wgibbs@wcn-online.com
 

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