Aren’t we nice?

We got two emails from alert readers within two days that both related to our electric bills.

Here is the text of the first one:

Ever read your electric bill.  I find a “Military Base Discount Recovery Factor” charge – with two meters it totals to $1.00

Is EPE charging me because Fort Bliss gets a discount?

We deserve better

Brutus

5 Responses to Aren’t we nice?

  1. simple says:

    We’ve been paying this fee for years. In 2013, it was explained by EPE this way:

    “Military Base Discount Recovery Factor (MBDRF): The MBDRF charge recovers the discount required by state laws to be provided to military base facilities. It is recovered as percentage of the customer’s total Base Charges.”

    They filed a petition with the PUC last year asking that they be allowed to modify that recovery fee. Naturally, they were not asking permission to lower it.

    It sounds like whenever their base rates increase, we get hit with a higher recovery fee because we’re being asked to pay for the portion of the increase that the military does not have to pay.

    I believe military families also receive a discount.

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    • Tickedofftaxpayer says:

      Unless things have changed, military families on post don’t pay for utilities. Military families living off post don’t get a discount.

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  2. Tickedofftaxpayer says:

    I seem to remember that Fort Bliss built a solar power generation capability that supposedly eliminated its need for power generation from EPE and at the time of the announcement there was frustration because our power grid had been enlarged to accommodate the base expansion because there was no communication that this project was in the works. So in theory, there isn’t a bill to discount. Might be worth further discussion.

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  3. woody says:

    Found this when searching:

    Military Base Discount Recovery Factor (MBDRF): The MBDRF charge recovers the discount required by state
    laws to be provided to military base facilities. It is recovered as percentage of the customer’s total Base Charges.

    http://legacy.elpasotexas.gov/muni_clerk/agenda/08-27-13/08271312B-2.pdf

    In short…yes, we the taxpayer are paying EPE to recover a state required discount.

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  4. simple says:

    yes

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