Energy efficiency in the Borderland
- Oct 4, 2018 3:56 pm GMT
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The correct energy efficiency strategy varies greatly depending on the location. Hydro-power, for example, is a boon for Seattle but almost unthinkable in a place like Tucson. Having recently moved my business from New Jersey to El Paso, Texas, and with Energy Efficiency Day around the corner, I was curious to learn how energy consumption is tackled right here in the heart of the Chihuahuan desert. To find out, I reached out to George De La Torre, Manager of External and Public Affairs at the El Paso Electric Company (EPE).
EPE serves about 420,000 customers located in the greater El Paso area, spanning from west Texas into southern New Mexico. Since the utility crosses state lines, it’s subjected to two seperate regulating committees. Consequently, the company offers different sets of energy savings programs, one for customers in Texas, and another for those in New Mexico. Although there are some differences, the two programs have much in common. They have offerings for residential and commercial customers alike, and both incentivize things like solar screens, duct sealing, ENERGY STAR® Pool Pumps, cool roofs, and much more.
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