El Paso Electric Company

Distribution Automation Project

Abstract

El Paso Electric’s Distribution Automation (DA) Project involved installation of new switches, relays, fault locators, and sensors on eight distribution circuits. The equipment enables automated response to grid disturbances and helps operators more quickly diagnose outages to reduce restoration times for customers on those circuits. A new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) communications network allows for integration of real‐time data from the sensor equipment with the distribution management system (DMS) to provide grid operators with significantly enhanced visibility into the state of the system. The project addressed specific reliability needs in two separate service areas: one in Van Horn, Texas, and one in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

Contact Information

Sully J. Flores
Corporate Development
El Paso Electric
Sully.Flores@epelectric.com
Armando Reyes
Corporate Development
El Paso Electric Companyareyes1@epelectric.com
Recipient Team Website: www.epelectric.com

At-A-Glance
Recipient: El Paso Electric Company (Distribution Automation Project)
HQ State: Texas
NERC Region: TRE
Total Budget: $2,196,187
Federal Share: $1,014,414
 
Funding Program:
Project Type:
 
Equipment:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures and Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage