(Lubbock, TX) – To assist in efforts for regional electric grid stability, Lubbock Power and Light is requesting that our customers conserve electricity through 7 p.m. Chris Sims with LP&L said, "Lubbock is part of a regional electric grid covering the South Plains and Panhandle region. This electrical grid is managed by Xcel Energy and they have asked for assistance in urging everyone in the region to conserve electricity in a proactive approach to grid stability. LP&L electric customers can assist in this effort by using large appliances such as electric clothes dryers early in the morning or late in the evening, ensuring that your home and business air conditioner filters are clean and maintained and turning off unneeded lights, computers and appliances."
Lubbock Power and Light's Wholesale Electricity Provider and regional electric grid Balancing Authority Xcel Energy has issued the following statements:
Xcel Energy is asking electricity customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electricity demand and limited supplies of surplus generation in the southwest.
The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on the power grid. Xcel Energy should produce enough power to meet demand today, but it is possible that reserve margins could tighten as air conditioning load rises in the afternoon hours.
The conservation period extends through the weekend unless conditions improve.