AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — As the extreme winter weather continues to impact millions across the state, energy continues to be in high demand.
Wes Reeves, Xcel Energy Spokesperson, said 58,000 Xcel Energy customers in Texas and New Mexico saw multiple rounds of controlled power outages this morning. Yesterday’s singular controlled outage effected 17,000 Xcel Energy customers.
Reeves shared, “We learned last evening that we were only getting- going to have about 30% of the natural gas we needed today, or overnight into today to run our gas-fueled power plants. That’s a lot of power generation that we would not be able to come up with to meet the demand.”
In a recent press release, Reeves shared that “Power plant operations across the central U.S. are still hampered by limited natural gas supplies, which could lead to additional controlled outages in multiple states and in Xcel Energy’s Texas-New Mexico service area on Wednesday.”
Speaking of potential controlled outages in the future, Reeves said “At this point in time, it’s possible. It could look similar to what this morning looked like. So we would obviously like to avoid that, but just wanted to let folks know to be ready- that they could see a return of the controlled outages in the morning.”
Additionally, in that same press release, David Hudson, President of Xcel Energy in New Mexico and Texas, said, “We understand our customers are anxious about power outages, but we don’t want to paint too rosy of a picture about tomorrow’s conditions.”
In the press release, Hudson later stated, “We know it’s difficult to be without service when it is extremely cold, and we would not have taken these actions if we had other options.”
The controlled outages that took place Tuesday, February 16th, began around 6:45 a.m. and lasted until 11 a.m.
According to Reeves, the first few rounds of controlled outages this morning lasted about 30 minutes. However, the later outages were reported to be longer, ranging about an hour or more. Some were even reported to last near 90 minutes.
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