AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas and New Mexico electricity provider is asking 375,000 customers to cut their energy usage because of high demand and unplanned maintenance.
Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said issues at area generating plants prompted the alert that asks customers in 35 counties in West Texas and six in New Mexico to cut usage until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The company asked that customers turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and set thermostats at 85 degrees, unless doing so would harm their health. The company said in a statement that rolling outages are possible if electricity use isn't reduced.
Reeves says repairs at affected plants could be done in time to provide additional power at peak hours and allow the company to rescind its restrictions request.
Xcel serves communities in the far northern Permian Basin and southeast New Mexico.