Carlsbad Irrigation District

Farmers in the Carlsbad Irrigation District are being charged a “demand charge” by their electrical utility that they claim has not been approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.¬† The farmers were unaware of the situation until they got their electric bills and were, no pun intended, “shocked” by the amount. The extra charge is levied every time the farmers turn on their¬† supplemental wells to water their fields and according to Eddy County Extension Agricultural Agent Woods Houghton the charge is based on the horsepower of the motor to pump water at the well, and kicks in whenever the pump is used. He says this could put some small farmers out of business. The spokes-person from the PRC says that the charges have not been approved and that the PRC is investigating.