Excel asks for emergency electricity conservationJuly 31st, 2012 at 2:08 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs, News
Excel Energy is asking its customers in Texas and New Mexico to reduce energy consumption for the rest of the day to reduce strain on its power grid.
Hot weather already had driven up demand for power, and a major generating unit was unexpectedly taken offline for repairs, according to a statement from the company.
The Associated Press reports the problem with the coal-fired generator has been fixed, but it will take some time to bring it up to full production.
Excel requested customers cut demand through 7 p.m. but turning off unneeded lights, computers and appliances, setting thermostats to 78 degrees Farhrenheit–85 degrees if leaving home–and waiting until after 7 p.m. to use major appliances and power equipment.
Demand for electricity routinely drops after 7 p.m., according to the company.
Excel serves customers most of east-central and southeastern New Mexico from Tucumcari, Clovis and Texico on the north to the Carlsbad and Hobbs areas on the south.
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