ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--()--PNM Resources’ (NYSE: PNM) New Mexico utility, PNM, Friday filed an agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that would settle its generation rate case with Navopache Electric Cooperative submitted in September 2011.
“We are pleased with the outcome and the opportunity to continue serving Navopache”
The agreement requires approval from FERC and the Navopache Board of Directors. It does not impact retail rates for New Mexico residential or business customers. PNM has been the full requirements wholesale provider for Navopache since July 2000.
As permitted by FERC rules, in April 2012, PNM began billing at the higher rates associated with the filed case, subject to refund. Revenues recorded by PNM since April have been aligned with the agreed-to annual increase of $5.3 million. This is expected to result in a $0.03 improvement in 2012 ongoing diluted earnings per share compared with 2011, which is in line with the previously issued 2012 guidance range of $0.00 - $0.05 and $0.04 for a full year of 2013.
This “black box” settlement has an imputed rate base of $36.7 million and a 10 percent return on equity. The associated debt/equity ratio is 50-50. Under the settlement, the contract with Navopache is extended for ten years, and the rates are locked in until Jan. 1, 2015.
“We are pleased with the outcome and the opportunity to continue serving Navopache,” said Pat Collawn, PNM Resources chairman, president and CEO. “The agreement also allows PNM to file an application for formula rates to be effective in 2015, which will enable us to keep revenues in line with costs in the future.”
PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) is an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 2011 consolidated operating revenues of $1.3 billion, excluding First Choice Power. Through its regulated utilities, PNM and TNMP, PNM Resources has approximately 2,550 megawatts of generation capacity and serves electricity to more than 735,000 homes and businesses in New Mexico and Texas. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.PNMResources.com.
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