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Xcel Energy Texas customers to benefit from asset sale

Proceeds of sale of Midland-area transmission lines to be reflected in February bill credit.
AMARILLO -- Proceeds from the sale of Xcel Energy transmission assets to Sharyland Distribution & Transmission Services, L.L.C., will be shared with Xcel Energys Texas customers by way of a one-time bill credit in February that will lower an average residential bill by $7.54.

Regulators in both Texas and New Mexico agreed last year on a plan to share proceeds of the sale with retail customers, who also benefitted from the assets over the years. Credits owed to New Mexico customers have been accounted for in a recent base rate change proposal still awaiting approval by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. 

Texas customers, however, will benefit through a one-time bill credit based on the amount of power used between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28. Most customers will see the credit divided over two billing cycles, but the total refund for a typical Texas residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month will be $7.54. All Texas retail customers will receive a credit. A commercial class of customers known as secondary general service will see a refund based on the average of the past 12-months usage.
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