MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Xcel Energy has asked its natural gas consumers in Minnesota to replace their thermostats and reduce their use of natural gas to avoid excessive compression of the energy company's natural gas system.
"It is expected that tomorrow's cold weather will continue, Xcel Energy asks our Minnesota customers to help keep natural gas running, so that our gas system can continue to function well for customers across the country," the company said on Wednesday afternoon. “The best way to help is to temporarily reduce the thermostat setting to 63 degrees on Thursday morning (9:00 or later). This step can help ensure that all our customers continue to serve this bitter cold time. ”
Xcel Energy says that people's cooperation is essential to prevent a large natural gas break. The company also recommends using electric heaters.
The company also warns of the possibility of gas leakage in cold weather.
“As an important safety reminder, if customers ever discover sulfur or rotten egg smells in or near their home, it could be odorous that we put natural gas to help identify leaks. If they notice this scent, leave home immediately, ”said Xcel Energy.
WCCO Reg Chapman announced Wednesday before Wednesday that Xcel Energy requires customers to reduce the thermostat to 55 degrees in parts of the country.
The natural gas system interruption took place on Tuesday, at. Princeton. Xcel says that 150 clients in Princeton were without gas service. Xcel Energy says gas is expected to return on Thursday.
Affected customers have received hotel rooms, but Xcel Energy is working to restore service. Utility also provides space heaters for affected customers.
If you are one of the affected people to provide a hotel room, please contact one of the hotels listed below (all rooms reserved for Xcel Energy):
• AmericanInn, 910 Run River Road, Princeton (34) 1-763-389-9312
• CountyInn, 18894 Dodge Street Northwest, Elk River (28) 1-763-241-6990
• Super 8, 21130 134 Ave N, Rodgers (25) 1-763-333-0253
• America Best Value, 16776 198th Ave, Great Lake, MN (17) 1-763-262-7666
• Best Western, 89 Chelsea Rd, Monticello, MN (20) 1-763-271-8880
• Run River Motel, 510 19th Ave, Princeton, MN (11) 1-763-389-3120
Xcel Energy says it has set up a AmericInn in Princeton team center and will contact licensed plumbers to protect the plumbing while the service is being restored.
Metro, most of Minnesota has been restored after over 7,000 lost power in the metro on Tuesday night. Xcel Energy blamed equipment for failures in power poles.
Meanwhile, CenterPoint Energy says there is no problem with the natural gas distribution system and does not require customers to save energy.