Efacec ACS CEO Jose Barbosa says, “This is an exciting project for us and we are pleased to continue a key partnership with El Paso Electric. EE is a progressive utility that is focused on providing improved reliability and delivery efficiency for their customers using Smart Grid technologies such as FASTapps.”
FASTapps is a substation-based solution for improving network performance, reliability and efficiency through self-healing feeders. According to Efacec, FASTapps easily adapts to any abnormal network configuration in real–time with no pre-defined scripts or programming is required; works with existing switches, controllers and protection schemes to leverage existing infrastructure; expands easily to a large number of feeders or devices; slashes restoration times to less than 20 seconds, dramatically improving key performance indices.
El Paso Electric has begun a Smart Grid project implementing distribution automation, funded in part through a smart grid stimulus grant. The second phase of the project, slated for 2011, includes a Distribution Management System with feeder automation for the Van Horn region
Richard Turner, El Paso Electric’s Director of Corporate Development, “El Paso Electric is committed to delivering the full benefit of distribution automation to our customers, improving reliability and enabling us to respond more quickly and efficiently during emergency conditions. FASTapps and advanced distribution applications from Efacec ACS are a key component of our current Smart Grid initiatives.”
El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.