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El Paso utility faults transmission lines for power supply disruptions

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The aging of critical infrastructure in the U.S. is contributing to a host of power supply disruptions, including a recent power outage that struck residents of El Paso, Texas, according to a published report.

The El Paso Times reports that an overnight power outage in the region caused more than 163,000 people to go without power this week. According to the news source, state utility El Paso Electric Co. in still investigating how a major transmission line in Northeast El Paso became loose, causing the power outages.

On Monday, part of the utility's power supply network shut down during the early morning hours as a security precaution when the transmission line came loose, El Paso Electric spokeswoman Teresa Souza said. The utility's customers were without power for more than an hour following the collapse of the transmission line.

The latest power outage came on the heels of a Saturday evening shock to the utility's electricity distribution system when a power line problem at one of its automated substations caused power to go out. During that supply disruption, about 1,400 customers lost power for more than an hour.

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