If the El Paso Electric Company has it’s way, you’ll be seeing an $8 a month increase on your electric bill soon.

EPE has asked El Paso City Council and the Public Utility Commission for a rate hike to cover infrastructure expenses they have made recently, but City reps are expected to put a hold on that rate hike request at their regular meeting today.

An item to put a 90-day suspension in place is on Council’s agenda for today.

Council would use the time to take a look at hundreds of documents in the rate hike request.

EPE officials say that is Council’s prerogative, and they aren’t surprised at the agenda item.

The PUC will have to approve the rate hike request, but the only glimmer of hope for your checkbook is that they could change or deny the request.

If it is approved, you wouldn’t see the increase for several months.