El Paso Electric (EPE) is preparing to send crews to help in the restoration of power in the wake of the north Texas severe thunderstorms this week. Oncor Electric Delivery Company, which serves approximately 10 million customers across Texas, requested EPE’s assistance due to the more than 208,000 homes and businesses that have been affected as of Wednesday morning throughout their service territory.
EPE is making preparations to send 12 linemen and two safety personnel, in addition to bucket trucks, boom trucks and other equipment. Deployment of the vehicles and crews to the Dallas, TX area is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, March 29, 2017.
“El Paso Electric is proud to be able to offer assistance to our neighboring utility as the severe weather continues to cause power outages in their communities,” said Mary Kipp, El Paso Electric Chief Executive Officer. “Our crews have consistently risen to the challenge and volunteered to work hard and safely in aiding others in times of need.”
EPE has previously responded to calls for help in power restoration due to severe weather events in other parts of the country; such as during the 2012 Hurricane Sandy storm in which crews assisted Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, located in Maryland, as well as ConEdison of New York.
El Paso Electric is coordinating logistics and other scheduling information with electric regional assistance groups.
About Oncor Electric Delivery
Oncor is a regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider that serves 10 million customers across Texas. Using cutting edge technology, more than 3,000 employees work to safely maintain reliable electric delivery service with the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas; made up of approximately 121,000 miles of lines and more than 3.3 million meters across the state.