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Lubbock & South Plains asked to cut back on power usage

By James Clark - email|

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock has so far escaped the rolling power outages that most Texans have suffered Wednesday and Thursday.  However, LP&L and Xcel are calling upon residents to cut back on electric usage.  On Wednesday natural gas supplier Atmos also asked residents to conserve.  Below is a statement from Lubbock Power & Light. 

For Immediate Release Contact: Chris Sims

Lubbock Power and Light asks customers to curb electricity use

(Lubbock, TX) – Lubbock Power and Light (LP&L) and Xcel Energy asks electric customers to join their neighbors across the region in conserving energy as regional utility systems struggle to meet high demand with diminished resources for the next 24 hours. LP&L purchases its electricity from Xcel Energy.

LP&L is not planning rotating outages in Lubbock at this time, but is cautioning customers that conditions both inside and outside the area could impact its ability to serve customers. "We are working closely with Xcel Energy to monitor the situation," said Gary Zheng, Chief Executive Officer of Lubbock Power and Light. Xcel Energy reports that natural gas supplies to its area power plants have been curtailed to lower volumes because of natural gas pipeline supply and delivery issues. Additionally, Xcel Energy also reports that high electrical loads within the Xcel Energy service area are straining the company's distribution system. LP&L's plants in Lubbock are generating electricity to assist the regional electric grid.

Xcel Energy currently anticipates having enough resources to meet demand based on the generating and gas supply situation at noon Thursday. However, if natural gas supplies to regional power plants are interrupted further, or if the company loses any generating capacity because of extremely cold weather, the company may be unable to meet customer demand.

Customers can help prevent power emergencies by:

  1. Turning off unneeded lights, computers and appliances.
  2. Setting the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower at home. .

Chris Sims, LP&L Public Information Officer said, "Our customers have been very responsive with past appeals to conserve electricity and we hope everyone will consider voluntarily turning off non-essential lighting and appliances for the next 24 hours."

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