Regulators to investigate Xcel outages from cold snap |

Regulators to investigate Xcel outages from cold snap

DENVER ” State regulators decided on Wednesday to open an investigation into the controlled power outages Xcel Energy launched during a cold snap Feb. 18 that affected about 300,000 customers.

The Western Electricity Coordinating Council, which coordinates the reliability of the electric system in the West, was also investigating.

Xcel spokesman Mark Stutz said both investigations were expected.

About 300,000 people ” 100,000 at a time ” lost power in controlled outages for about 30 minutes Feb. 18 as morning temperatures in Denver hit a record 13-below zero, raising demand for natural gas that is used not only for heating but to fire some power plants.

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