Xcel Energy says it is no longer asking customers to keep their thermostats at 63 degrees.
On Wednesday, Xcel asked customers to set their thermostats to 63 to help alleviate strain on natural gas lines.
"The natural gas system in Minnesota held overnight and we’re no longer asking customers to keep their thermostat at 63 degrees," said Xcel Engery spokesperson Matthew Lindstrom. "We know how cold it’s been so we appreciate our customers’ willingness to help out and ensure natural gas service for all Minnesota customers."
Additionally gas service restoration efforts to the area around Princeton, Minnesota were successful Thursday.
More than 150 customers in Baldwin Township, Minnesota, just outside of Princeton have been without heat since Tuesday night after the extreme weather conditions caused an “interruption” in their natural gas service. Due to the pressure the weather is placing on the system to heat homes, Xcel Energy said it had to pinch off the gas supply to about 150 customers to keep everyone else in the area online.
Xcel Energy released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
“We know outages can be difficult, especially when the weather is extreme, so we thank our customers again for their patience and support of our workers,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. “We also want to thank the crews who have been working around the clock in tough conditions to get our Princeton customers online and keep outages as low as possible.”
We apologize to our customers who lost gas service. Our engineers and planners will look to see where improvements may be needed, so we can avoid situations like this in the future.
We would also like to thank all our Minnesota natural gas customers who helped conserve gas during our extremely cold weather, so we could continue operating our system well for our customers throughout the state. As of this morning, customers should feel free to return their thermostats to normal settings. Your efforts to conserve natural gas helped us avoid additional gas outages in Minnesota communities, so we thank you for your help.