Utility Customer Advisory Group (UCAG)

Natural Gas Rate Review

Gas MeterLas Cruces Utilities (LCU) is a City Department but is not funded by tax dollars. It’s been 10 years since LCU last reviewed natural gas rate charges. The current gas rate review reflects cost increases in wages and benefits, gas system maintenance and safety compliance, and vehicle and equipment maintenance and replacement. 

Residents have until May 26, 2021 to provide input on the Las Cruces Utilities Natural Gas Rate Review options.

The three options are:

Option 1

A full cost implementation of new rates in one year.

Option 2

A limited phased-in cost increase for the two most impacted customer classes (small and large commercial) over three years.

Option 3

A full phased-in cost increase for all customer classes over three years.

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Further information is available below:


Las Cruces Gas Rate Review (PDF)




Zoom meetings on this topic are scheduled to present information and to answer your questions.

6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021

3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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Community members are asked to submit input, concerns and questions to ucag@las-cruces.org no later than May 26, 2021.

Who are the Members of UCAG?

The Utility Customer Advisory Group is a 5 member Ad Hoc Committee established in May 2016 by resolution and tasked with reviewing rates for all four utilities provided to customers by Las Cruces Utilities gas, water, wastewater, and solid waste. The committee is composed of five volunteer Las Cruces residents:

  • Eugene Suttmiller, Chair
  • Paul Royalty, Vice Chair
  • Frank D. Gomez
  • Elizabeth Bardwell
  • Robert Snyder

Why Should I Want to Know More?

Everyone uses utility services and pays utility rates, either by paying monthly Las Cruces Utilities bills directly or through rent. Water was the first utility rate to be reviewed, followed by wastewater, solid waste and finally gas.

Can the Public Attend Meetings?

Yes! UCAG meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Las Cruces Utilities offices, 680 N. Motel Blvd. The public is always welcome. Click here to access the Utilities calendar and find the next meeting.

Need Speakers for Your Organization?

Contact UCAG at 575-541-2111 to schedule a 20-minute presentation regarding the Utility Rate Reviews.

For UCAG agendas and minutes, please visit the agenda center.