Xcel Energy is asking its electric customers in Texas and New Mexico to conserve energy today and possibly for the next few days.
High temperatures and limits on Xcel's ability to generate power have put some stress on the power grid.
Customers are asked to limit their power use through 7:00 p.m. tonight. Xcel says they should produce enough power to meet demand today, but it is possible that reserve margins could tighten as people start using air conditioners in the afternoon hours.
The company may have to ask customers to conserve power for the next few days as well. Xcel serves Seminole and Denver City in West Texas and Hobbs, Eunice and Jal in New Mexico.
Customers can help avoid power emergencies by:
· Turning off unneeded lights, computers and appliances.
· Setting the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher at home.
· Turning up the thermostat to 85 degrees before leaving home.