Over the past week, El Paso Electric (EPE) has seen three outages due to Mylar balloons, affecting just under 7,000 customers in El Paso. Mylar balloons are made of metallic material that can cause a short circuit, potentially resulting in power outages and harm to equipment.
EPE crews prepare for outages during the high demand season during the summer by conducting a February Maintenance Blitz, which includes completing upgrades on the system, replacing poles, transformers and other older equipment. This year, crews worked to replace over 500 pieces of equipment in 191 locations throughout EPE’s service territory.
As the hot summer season begins, EPE wants to remind our community to be safe, and help reduce possible power outages due to factors such as Mylar balloons.
To reduce the risk of outages caused by Mylar balloons, El Paso Electric has these suggestions:
Customers are encouraged to download the MyEPE Outage Reporting app through the App Store or Google Play to report any outage in their home or business.