El Paso Electric Company (the "Company") is a public utility engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in an area of approximately 10,000 square miles in west Texas and southern New Mexico. The Company also serves a full requirements wholesale customer in Texas. The Company owns or has significant ownership interests in several electrical generating facilities providing it with a net dependable generating capacity of approximately 2,085 megawatts ("MW"). For the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company's energy sources consisted of approximately 44% nuclear fuel, 44% natural gas, 12% purchased power and less than 1% generated by Company-owned solar photovoltaic panels. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had power purchase agreements for 107 MW from solar photovoltaic generation facilities and intends to expand its portfolio of renewable energy sources, particularly solar photovoltaic generation. See "Energy Sources - Purchased Power."
The Company serves approximately 425,000 residential, commercial, industrial, public authority and wholesale customers. The Company distributes electricity to retail customers principally in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico (representing approximately 64% and 11%, respectively, of the Company's retail revenues for the year ended December 31, 2018). In addition, the Company's wholesale sales include sales for resale to other electric utilities and power marketers. Principal industrial, public authority and other large retail customers of the Company include U.S. military installations, such as Fort Bliss in Texas and White Sands Missile Range ("White Sands") and Holloman Air Force Base ("HAFB") in New Mexico, an oil refinery, several medical centers, two large universities and a steel production facility.
The Company's principal offices are located at the Stanton Tower, 100 North Stanton, El Paso, Texas 79901 (telephone: 915-543-5711). The Company was incorporated in Texas in 1901. As of January 31, 2019, the Company had approximately 1,100 employees, 37% of whom are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.