EL PASO, TX (KTSM) – Friday afternoon, officials with El Paso Electric released a statement asking customers around their service area to conserve energy during the hottest portion of the day, due to repairs of a ‘major transmission line’ in Northern New Mexico.

The call for conservation comes as Friday’s temperatures are expected to hover around 105 degrees throughout El Paso Electric’s service area.

“We are currently working to repair a major transmission line in Northern NM that was damaged overnight. Due to the transmission line being repaired and triple-digit temperature expected today, we ask for your assistance in reminding EPE customers to conserve energy during the hours of 2 to 8 pm today. We expect the repairs to be made to the transmission line tonight.”

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Utility officials added that they are ‘closely monitoring’ energy consumption by their customers, and will provide updates through their Twitter account.

“Things that come to mind the most is thermostat at 78 degrees, try to turn off any unused lights. Unplug unused appliances,” said Omar Gallegos the Vice President of Transmission and Distribution for El Paso electric. “Appliance load that doesn’t need to be done during our late afternoon hours, evening hours shift those to the evening.”

Gallegos explaining what the worst case scenario would be.

“If there happened to be another disruption or things got to where we couldn’t maintain that load in energy balance, we would probably go into managed outages. That would be our last resort, we prepare for those hoping we never have to do that,” said Gallegos.

The transmission line that was damaged is one of three that carries electricity into our area and Gallegos says the line that’s damaged supplied enough power for about half of Las Cruces.

Customers can also keep track of outages via this website.

EP Electric officials also said they offer energy-saving tips via their Facebook posts, both HERE and HERE.

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