El Paso, TEXAS – As El Paso Electric (EPE) works to make the necessary repairs to a substation in far east El Paso, EPE asks the public that has been affected by the recent outages in east El Paso to conserve energy between the hours of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. until Friday, July 14, 2017. EPE is asking that customers in the neighborhoods between Montana Avenue (U.S. 62/180) and Pellicano Drive (North/South) and Loop 375 and John Hayes Street/Berryville Street (East/West) conserve energy as these are the customers served by this substation.
Key energy conservation tips:
· Set your thermostat to 78°F if you are home, and raise your thermostat to 80°F or higher if leaving for more than four hours. Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than normal will not cool your home faster.
· Close interior blinds, drapes or shades to block the sun and heat during warm weather.
· Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate the cool air.
· Try to save heat and humidity-generating activities (cooking, laundering, and dishwashing) for early morning or evening hours.
The two most recent outages in far east El Paso were caused by an issue that EPE is addressing at a local substation.
A transformer located in an EPE substation in east El Paso failed on Friday, July 7th, causing the outage in the surrounding area. EPE installed a portable transformer to restore power until a permanent transformer could be installed. EPE is currently in the process of installing that permanent transformer, which will be done over the next few days. We are monitoring the substation 24/7 and if an outage occurs, we are there to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.