As part of our commitment to invest in the region’s economic growth and serve growing local energy needs, El Paso Electric plans to build the Montana Power Station, a state-of-the-art generating facility that will be located on undeveloped land in east El Paso. The new generating station will be capable of powering 80,000 homes. The Montana Power Station will use natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel available, and feature the latest cost-effective and efficient generation and the best available environmental control technologies.
The new plant site is located on undeveloped land in east El Paso County, adjacent to Montana Avenue near Zaragoza Avenue. This site was strategically chosen to complement and balance EPE’s other local generation facilities in the west, northeast and central El Paso. It is bordered by Fort Bliss on the north, Montana Avenue on the south and just over one mile east of the El Paso city limits. The following link is a map that shows the approximate location of the power plant and details of the immediate surroundings - Montana Power Station site map.
This investment ensures that EPE has the electric generation capacity to meet our region’s growing needs for reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible electric service. This technology was specifically chosen to meet our customers’ electric usage needs during peak times (hot summers). Its quick-start capabilities also are critical to supporting EPE’s increased development of solar -based power, because those resources necessarily are intermittent and somewhat unpredictable.
The project is currently in the regulatory approval process. Construction is scheduled to begin once the necessary government approvals are obtained. EPE’s application for the site meets all current environmental, noise, and air quality standards, as required by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT”), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”), the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (“NMPRC”), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”). TCEQ’s technical reviewers have confirmed that the Montana Station is controlled with the “best available control technology” and that it will not adversely affect public health or welfare.
As the project progresses, EPE will post important information on this website.