Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in Sudan, Muleshoe, Farwell and Morton its Texas service territory to conserve energy after a Tuesday evening wildfire damaged a key transmission line supplying electricity those towns and the surrounding areas.
Repairs on the line should be complete later in the afternoon, but customer demand could surpass the capacity on the one remaining line that serves that area. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 8 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid in those communities.
"We take our responsibility to supply energy to our customers very seriously, and we will declare an Energy Alert only after exhausting all other options," said Riley Hill, president of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company.
"Our customers have helped us through similar situations in the past, and we look to them today to help us maintain the integrity of their electricity system. Turning off all lights and appliances that are not essential to health and safety will help us meet everyone's energy needs without service interruptions. We at Xcel Energy – and your friends and neighbors – thank you."
Information supplied by Xcel Energy