EP Electric: Fire Could Reach Power Supply by Friday

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 3:15pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 1:11pm

EL PASO - Update: El Paso Electric says the Arizona wildfire could reach one of El Paso's shared transmission lines by tomorrow.  They say flames could then move on to the main transmission line by Friday.

If they are knocked out El Paso would lose about 40% of its power.

Here's a link to El Paso Electric's website. There you can view a map of exactly where the fire is.

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2262/

Stay tuned to NC9 at 5, 6 & 10 for the latest details.

(original story)

The Arizona wildfire is threatening to create rolling blackouts for some El Paso Electric customers.

El Paso Electric owns one main transmission line and co-owns another line that supply power to Southern New Mexico and West Texas customers from the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona. Combined, the lines carry almost 40 percent of El Paso Electric’s available generation. These lines also carry power to other utilities which may be adversely impacted.

In the event that the transmission lines are compromised or damaged as a result of fires or other threats, El Paso may not be able to import enough power and may have to institute power conservation measures. Some of these measures may include rolling blackouts.

Rolling blackouts are a last-resort measure used by an electric utility in order to avoid a total blackout of the power system. They are usually in response to a situation where the demand for electricity exceeds the power supply capability of the network.

El Paso Electric has begun to make adjustments in its system to lessen the impact to customers if the lines are adversely affected by the wildfires and will continue to monitor the situation in Arizona. If El Paso Electric determines that conservation measures are required, they will inform customers.

The Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona, which has grown to more than 233,000 acres and has resulted in the evacuations of nearby communities, is dangerously close to key transmission line facilities located near Springerville, Arizona. At the current rate of speed, the fire is expected to reach the Springerville line within the next three days.
 

 

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Remember about 10 years ago,the same transmission
lines were shutting down in Arizona. I believe pretty much in the same location. The electric company was not sure of the cause. It did not cause "rolling blackouts" . It caused massive and long power failure all the way to Carlsbad NM.
If the fire kills the same lines why would it just cause "rolling blackouts" this time ??

I understand the potential need for rolling black outs; but, it needs to be rolling through the city. In Feb freeze NE went several hours in a row, had as many as 6-8 times a day with no elec. Many friends across the city stated they only had 1/2 one hour b/o over the time period and others said they never had a b/o. With advance notice it seems the Elec.Co. could pre-plan an effective efficient plan and distribute the b/o more evenly. Post schedule prior to initiating so the public can plan acc

BEFORE I HEARD ABOUT THE FIRE WHICH BY THE WAY HAS BURNED OVER 384,000 ACRES WHICH IS SEVERAL THOUSAND ACRES NOT SEVERAL HUNDRED AS REPORTED,I THOUGHT MAYBE THE CEO OF EL PASO ELECTRIC WANTED ANOTHER RAISE LIKE HE GOT RIGHT AFTER THE POWER OUTAGES IN FEBRUARY. JUST THOUGHT SINCE WE WERE HAVING OUTAGES AGAIN.
SERIOUSLY I FEEL REALLY BAD ABOUT THE FIRE AND ALL OF THE PROBLEMS THAT COULD BE CAUSED AND HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY IT.

Maybe the growth of Ft. Bliss and El Paso warrants the construction of another local power plant. We are relying too much on Palo Verde. Just build a REAL plant this time, so it won't freeze up in winter.

I know of someone who works for El Paso Electric and they said the company made record profits this year. I agree with you. They need to take the profits and build a new plant here. Two times within a year, is proof that they need to build our own power plant. In the winter they said the problems were due to the fact that their plant was not built to handle the extreme cold. It was built to handle the extreme heat. Enough of the excuses El Paso Electric!

well i hope that el paso electric is not planning on charging us more when they do the blackouts. and with this heat i hope they give customers that lose electricity a discount and not make us pay for their errors. this is not right since we been reaching temps of 100 and more. during the winter they did this and stuck us with the bill and overcharging... i really hope they get their act together and not overcharge.

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