The new system, which is based on windows server, includes: worldview, SCADA explorer, IED wizard and control panel, SCADA add-in, remote alarm annunciation, external clock interface (GPS), and event data recording.

Survalent Technology Central US vice president for sales Mike Roth said that this SCADA system will offer Rio Grande a very good tool to minimize outages in their extensive distribution network without the need of sending crews very long distances.

"The system is planned to grow substantially in coverage, with more substations and with additional functionality in the following months and years," Roth added.

The cooperative serves 20 counties in Texas and New Mexico including Brewster, Crockett, Culberson, Dimmit, Edwards, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Zavala, Eddy and Otero.