With temperatures below zero, power cuts in Metro Area | SummitDaily.com

With temperatures below zero, power cuts in Metro Area

DENVER – With temperatures below zero, Xcel Energy was forced to conduct rolling blackouts in the Denver Metro Area on Saturday.Tom Henley of Xcel said by midmorning power had been restored to the entire area, although that could change at any moment. He said the 30-minute outages affected about 100,000 customers at a time.He said a shortage of natural gas coming into the state in pipelines was the problem, and it affected areas served by Xcel along the entire Front Range. The only blackouts were in the Denver area, however. The company was working to increase the flow of natural gas and hoped to control the problem by Saturday evening.Henley said customers were being asked to conserve energy, including electricity. He noted that natural gas is used to generate electricity.At 10 a.m., the temperature at Denver International Airport was -4 degrees.

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