WPX Energy receives 2 awards
TULSA — WPX Energy received two awards this week for its conservation efforts in Colorado. WPX was honored by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for its water management practices and efforts with Nabors Drilling Co. to modify a drilling rig that now can be deployed in narrow canyons. “Our position in the state's Piceance Basin is unique in the industry, driven by the fact that we are in the geologic core of the basin and have pioneered many technological firsts that have made us the leading, most cost-efficient producer here,” CEO Ralph Hill said.
Utility seeks higher monthly fee
TULSA — AEP-PSO wants to raise the maximum monthly rider it can charge customers to recoup costs for energy efficiency programs, officials of the utility said Thursday. Tulsa-based American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma is asking the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to waive the $1.90 monthly limit for residential customers to fund its Demand Side Management Cost Recovery rider. The request will be the subject of a hearing Oct. 17 at the commission's office in Oklahoma City. The rider has been added for nearly three years to help AEP-PSO with lost revenues and other expenses related to efficiency programs such as Energy Star lighting, appliances, weatherization programs and air conditioning unit tune ups. The new demand-side plan, if approved, would cover the 2013, 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. “In our case, we have projected that we would go over the $1.90 maximum” to recoup costs for developing and using the efficiency programs, said Eric Raines, manager of energy efficiency and consumer programs for AEP-PSO. If approved by the commission, average residential customers using 1,101 kilowatt hours per month could pay up to 62 cents more for the demand-side rider. Commercial customers using 6,188 kilowatt hours could pay $3.47 in additional charges, while the average industrial customers using 475,426 kilowatt hours per month could be charged about $895.51 more under the rider.