Mountain counties face power outages Thursday night to shore up fire-damaged natural gas system, warns Xcel Energy – The Denver Post

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Xcel Energy said Thursday night it would intermittently cut power to Summit, Grand, Eagle and four other counties to protect the functioning of its natural gas system, which suffered damage in the County of wildfires. Boulder.

“To reduce the amount of natural gas used by furnaces in the region and keep the system operational, the company is implementing periodic power outages for customers in Summit, Grand, Lake, Eagle, Saguache, Rio Grande and Alamosa counties. . for the next 6-8 hours, ”Xcel said in a press release.

Targeted outages should last approximately 60 minutes at a time. The state’s largest utility is also asking customers in Summit and Grand counties to conserve natural gas in order to maintain service throughout the mountainous region. Xcel, which cut natural gas service to Superior and Louisville, said its repair crews were unable to get in to repair damaged infrastructure, which is part of the distribution system that serves mountainous regions to the Where is.

Prior to scheduled power outages, affected customers are advised to turn off all electronic devices, especially computers and televisions. They are also encouraged to turn down the thermostat, not to use a gas fireplace, and to limit the use of hot water. The company said at 10 p.m. that it planned to end the controlled outages and that power would be restored overnight.

“Taking steps to save money can help prevent outages and ensure that all of our customers continue to have natural gas service,” said Xcel.

Temperatures are expected to hover in the low to mid-1920s tonight as snow accumulates in counties most directly affected by the blackouts.

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