Posted on July 19, 2021

El Paso Electric Names Cheryl Mele Vice President of Customer Care and Corporate Communications

El Paso Electric Names Cheryl Mele Vice President of

Customer Care and Corporate Communications

Cheryl to lead Company innovations to better serve Customers

EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Electric (EPE) announces Cheryl Mele as the Vice President of Customer Care and Corporate Communications. Cheryl will begin her new role on Monday, July 19, 2021.

“Cheryl brings more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry leading innovations to better serve customers, including operational improvements for greater efficiencies, the facilitation of electric transportation, and the deployment of smart metering technology,” said EPE President and CEO Kelly A. Tomblin.  “Her diverse experience and expertise, together with her deep passion for listening to customers, will drive stronger partnerships with all of our stakeholders.”

Cheryl Mele currently serves as EPE’s Regional Vice President of Government Affairs for the Company’s Texas service territory. Prior to joining EPE in February 2021, much of her career was with Austin Energy, a municipally owned electric utility serving the City of Austin, Texas. While at Austin Energy, Cheryl held roles of increasing responsibility from engineer, to Director of System Operations, then on to Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Cheryl later became the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), then returned briefly to Austin Energy to serve as the Interim Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.

Cheryl also serves as an Executive Board Member for the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, Boy Scouts of America, and the Association of Women in Energy.

Cheryl is a Texas-registered professional engineer, completed the utility executive program at the University of Idaho, and received her BS in mechanical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

About El Paso Electric

El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission, and distribution service to approximately 444,300 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000-square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.


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