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El Paso Electric Company (Distribution Automation Project)
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Lead Organization:
El Paso Electric
HQ Location:
El Paso, Texas
Project Contact Information:
Name:
 Armando Reyes
Email:
 areyes1@epelectric.com
Address:

100 N. Stanton
El Paso, Texas 79901

 
Project Summary:

El Paso Electric Company’s (El Paso) Distribution Automation project involves installation of new switches, relays, reclosers, fault locators, and sensors to address two needs: 1) the Van Horne phase involves faster restoration for customers served by a radial transmission line that is subject to outages during bad weather, and 2) the Santa Teresa phase involves improving distribution service to a relatively isolated group of industrial and residential customers. The equipment installed as part of this project provides automated reaction to system outages allowing for more rapid response to grid disturbances. A communications system integrates real-time data from grid monitors with the grid operator’s distribution management software platform. El Paso expects these upgrades to improve reliability and power quality and reduce truck rolls for grid maintenance, operating costs, and emissions.

Equipment:

- Distribution Automation Equipment for 8 out of 250 Circuits
--- Distribution Management Systems
--- Distribution Automation Communications Network
--- SCADA Communications Network
--- Automated Distribution Circuit Switches
--- Smart Relays
--- Equipment Condition Monitors

Targeted Benefits:

- Improved Electric Service Reliability
- Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures and Distribution Line Losses
- Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
- Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage

 
Additional Information:

For more information about the project, please refer to:
- http://www.smartgrid.gov/project/el_paso_electric_company_distribution_a...

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