EL PASO, Texas – In recent days the borderland has experienced a few outages as the increased demand for power can put a strain in the electric grid.
Despite the challenge, El Paso Electric says most of the outages have been brief.
El Paso Electric said they have a liability coordinator whose job is to monitor and ensure the grid is functioning properly and can anticipate potential issues.
While most of Texas has seen issues with power in the past, El Paso Electric does not foresee this happening here in the borderland.
“Texas is isolated in a way that we depend on transmission lines to bring in power we need, which can be limited, but it's the geographic location of our resources that have allowed us to do very well,” said Dave Hawkins, the Vice President of Systems Operations and Resources Strategy.
The company said that they forecast the amount of energy expected to used based on weather patterns from the past.
The current energy usage is about 50 Megawatts below - the energy demand records El Paso Electric saw in 2020.