Energy bills could see an increase on the High Plains

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – After the cold snap last week, many in South Texas are seeing high energy bills.

So, what could we see on the High Plains?

Wes Reeves, spokesperson for Xcel energy for Texas and New Mexico said customers could see a spike, but nothing like areas such as Dallas.

“The short answer is I think people don’t need to worry about that, it’s not going to hit them the way it has some of those customers down south,” said Reeves.

Reeves said here on the High Plains we operate on a fixed rate, while in the ERCOT region of the state, they work on a variable rate, where you pay on the wholesale rate of electricity.

“The way we are regulated up here, we can’t just arbitrarily change rates. Your monthly bill has two working parts. It has your energy cost and a separate fuel cost, which is about 10 to 15 percent of your monthly bill,” added Reeves.

Reeves said that price increases will be stretched out over a period of time and not all at once.

Reeves said very soon they will file a surcharge to stretch that expense over a 12 to 24 month period in Texas.

“We haven’t got the total amount yet. We are analyzing all of the information to determine how much we have in fuel cost for that week,” said Reeves.

Reeves said he does not want customers to be anxious about the cost of the particular week.

Texas Senator Kel Seliger released the statement below Monday on Facebook:

“We’re concerned about those higher bills because we think we are going to hit all around the state. They are going to be blamed on much higher gas bills. But we don’t want to see ratepayers victimized in the state of Texas,” said Sen. Seliger.

Sen. Seliger said for people who believe that we’ve had our last weather-related problem in the State of Texas, that would be wrong.

“We thought, a lot of people said we are going to do things after 2011 to see that didn’t happen again, but it did, and this summer if it gets really hot for a long period of time in the State of Texas, we are going to have problems,” added Sen. Seliger.

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