Power outage impacts county

Nearly 20,000 El Paso Electric Co. customers in Do-a Ana County lost power early Monday, as part of a larger-scale outage that affected the company's two-state service area, a spokeswoman said. Full Story
whole truth

Las Cruces, NM

#1 Jun 7, 2011
why not report the almost 5 hour outage for las cruces residents on Saturday? No rain no accident just terrible facilities. Where is the comment on that outage???
Freakin A

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Jun 7, 2011
Time to oust EPE. Profit over infrastructure improvement and the customer always loses.
Scott Weaver

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Jun 7, 2011
I wonder if the city officials (mayor, councilors, city manager) even notice the electricity problems that occur here? They seem to be just fine with the current situation - one that leaves our citizens and businesses with an unreliable source of electric power.

I've been told by one councilor that there's no point in looking into the issue because we are contractually bound to EP Electric. But this doesn't prevent us from planning for the future. I'm sure there are at least a couple of options that would allow the city and country a secondary source, a backup supplier of power.

Back in the mid-1990's, during the summer, Las Cruces was entirely without power for more than a day. It was triggered by a minor incident, as I recall. It took out our water well, however, and this expense was not recoverable thru insurance. How do you think the city would react this summer if we were to be without power again for an entire day or longer?
Proud Native New Mexican

United States

#4 Jun 7, 2011
Of course Las Cruces government has a contract with El Paso Electric. Where to you think campaign contributions come from? What about the rural communities in Dona Ana county? Truth or Consequenses in Sierra county have an electric co-op. Otero county has a co-op. We in Dona Ana could do it also. How about it Dona Ana county commissioners? It needs to start with you.
Just wondering

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jun 7, 2011
Last time the franchise agreement expired we tried getting rid of EPE to create a municipal electric utility. However, the EPE lawyers won. Now that they know they can win, we will never get rid of EPE.
lcnative

United States

#6 Jun 7, 2011
Goes back once again to a lack of maintenance by EPE of their own power plants/grids..... Preventative maintenance goes a long way EPE!!!
Bulldog 89

Las Cruces, NM

#7 Jun 7, 2011
Great, I guess this means another $100K bonus for EPE's CEO. or will it be less because it's just one small blackout instead of three days? exactley how does EPE calculate his bonuses? Sorry, it's probably based on rate increases...
well then

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Jun 7, 2011
Freakin A wrote:
Time to oust EPE. Profit over infrastructure improvement and the customer always loses.
Only way to do that is to go solar or wind on your personal property. LC is contractually bound to EPE, unfortunately. As we've seen, any type of monopoly is a problem. The only way to not be a part of it is to go off the grid, if you can afford to do so.
Bulldog 89

Las Cruces, NM

#9 Jun 7, 2011
BTW...it takes very little effort to file a complaint with the PRC. Less than on this rag's page. when we all sat in teh dark in Febuary only two people filed complaints. With that kind of uproar get used to the substandard, overpriced service. or do something about it....

http://www.nmprc.state.nm.us/complaintforms.h...
Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Jun 7, 2011
EPE has great service. Until anything other then ABSOLUTE PRISTINE conditions exist.
Over the hill

Las Cruces, NM

#11 Jun 7, 2011
A loose wire?

That's nothing that a 20% rate increase "request" by Enron Jr. won't temporarily cure.
Al Reine

Auburn, CA

#12 Jun 7, 2011
Remember the Obama Cabinet wants to save a Texas Lizard, and stop drilling. Baby we need to Drill Baby Drill ! No more BHO/Lies !
Scott Weaver

Las Cruces, NM

#13 Jun 7, 2011
Read about the 'loose wire' thing after my earlier post. This is not acceptable, and confirms the poor maintenance record we have seen the results of this year. I will definitely be following up with my city councilor, the mayor, the city manager, and the PRC as has been recommended by another excellent posting today.

Las Cruces will remain a third-rate city if it cannot guarantee businesses a reliable electric supply.

I hope the Spaceport isn't relying on EPE for its power.

The CEO of EPE should be told to return his 'bonus'...
hola

Lincoln, NE

#14 Jun 8, 2011
Scott Weaver wrote:
Read about the 'loose wire' thing after my earlier post. This is not acceptable, and confirms the poor maintenance record we have seen the results of this year. I will definitely be following up with my city councilor, the mayor, the city manager, and the PRC as has been recommended by another excellent posting today.
Las Cruces will remain a third-rate city if it cannot guarantee businesses a reliable electric supply.
I hope the Spaceport isn't relying on EPE for its power.
The CEO of EPE should be told to return his 'bonus'...
The spaceport is using Sierra Electric Co-op. Also some on-site solar is being investigated, I believe.
Al Reine

Auburn, CA

#15 Jun 8, 2011
Obama is sleeping once more, Obama does not care about New Mexico, Obama will give Billions of Hard working, legal tax payers money to his Muslim Brothers and Sisters, and Obama gives Brazil billions to Brazil for South America to Drill Baby Drill ! Obama will save a Little Lizard over Legal citizens !Now we know why Liberals are sick and terminal with Insane Liberal views !

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