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El Paso Electric issues RFP for smart infrastructure

Steve Rogerson
October 15, 2019
Texas utility El Paso Electric has release a request for proposal (RFP) for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and meter data management system (MDMS) to evaluate the options available to provide a modern, customer-centric grid.
The company says it wants to improve customer service and reliability, provide better customer programmes and services, and spur greater sustainability and regional economic development.
“We must provide our customers with services that can give them more information and control of their energy usage, enhanced energy management tools, and improved reliability and efficiency,” said Adrian Rodriguez, interim CEO of El Paso Electric. “A major component of any smart community initiative is smart metering technology, which is the necessary foundation for a more sustainable environment and ensuring that our region is not left behind in an increasingly global economy. We look forward to partnering with our customers including regional municipalities, businesses, utilities and educational institutions on this important initiative.”
The utility is embarking upon the process of evaluating an AMI-MDMS to provide its customers with additional tools, programmes and opportunities to manage and monitor their electric consumption and to provide greater operational efficiencies while improving electric service reliability and resiliency for its customers.
The AMI-MDMS is expected to address key utility needs including:

  • Empowering users to control their bills through more frequent and timely electric usage information;
  • Improving the accuracy of outage data thus enabling faster outage restoration;
  • Improving distribution system reliability; and
  • Building a foundation for future smart grid and smart city technologies.
The notification of intent to bid is due November 1, 2019, and a bidder will be selected by April 9, 2020. Any procurement resulting from this RFP is subject to regulatory approval.
El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 428,000 retail and wholesale users in a 25,000 square kilometre area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.