2:00 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13
Xcel Energy restores power to remaining customers
Service was restored at 1:45 a.m. Sunday to the last of the 16,000 customers affected by a power outage caused by equipment failure in a substation Saturday afternoon. Xcel Energy workers were able to re-energize one of the transformers in the substation to provide service to the remaining outage customers.
Xcel Energy will continue with further assessments and repair work on Sunday and as needed in following days.
"We are grateful for our customers' patience during this extended outage," said Mark Nisbet. "We also appreciate the long hours our employees worked during this trying situation. They worked hard to find solutions to the challenging problems we faced today and safely executed those plans."
UPDATE AT 10PM
Xcel Energy has made significant progress throughout the day, rerouting service to more than 10,000 customers to restore power. However, further work needs to be done in the damaged substation before service can be restored to the 5,660 who remain without power. Xcel Energy is hopeful power can be restored to everyone yet this evening.
UPDATE AT 8:30PM
As of 7:50 p.m., Xcel Energy crews had restored service to more than 10,000
customers that have been without power since equipped failed in a substation. Approximately 5,660 customers in Fargo and West Fargo remain without service.
"We really appreciate customers' patience as we work through this difficult
situation," said Mark Nisbet, North Dakota principal manager. "Our crews will continue to work safely as we restore power as quickly as possible to as many as we can, but the possibility remains that outages for some customers may last for an extended time period."
UPDATE AT 7:15PM
By 6:40 p.m., Xcel Energy crews had restored service to approximately 4,640
customers that had been without power since this afternoon. Approximately
11,360 customers in Fargo and West Fargo remain without service after equi
pped failed in a substation.
The company's crews will continue to reroute power to as many customers as
possible this evening, although outages may last for an extended time perio
d for some customers. Technical experts will continue work to determine ass
ess the full extent of the damage and the company will provide hourly updat
es throughout the evening as more information becomes available.
Further outage information is available at: xcelenergy.com/outages or the X
cel Energy North Dakota Facebook page.
UPDATE AT 6:20PM
From Xcel Energy:
A fire at a substation in Fargo this afternoon left about 16,000 customers without service. The outage began at 1:40 p.m. this afternoon and impacted Xcel Energy customers in West Fargo as well as portions of south Fargo and the industrial park in north Fargo.
As of 5:30 p.m., Xcel Energy had restored power to nearly 2,600 customers and will continue efforts to reroute power to as many customers as possible. However, it's possible that some customers may face outages for an extended time period until repairs can be made.
Technical experts will continue work to determine assess the full extent of the damage and the company will provide hourly updates throughout the evening as more information becomes available.
UPDATE at 5:30PM
Crews do not have a timeline for restoring power in Fargo-West Fargo. Xcel is trying to re-route power without overloading other substations.
Xcel spokesperson Bonnie Lund says the problem started at the substation at 42nd St. and Main Avenue around 1:45pm. She says there was an equipment failure followed by a small fire.
Power outages have been reported around Fargo and West Fargo this afternoon. As of 3:50pm, Xcel Energy's website shows the outages affecting a large parts of South Fargo and West Fargo.
Xcel Energy spokesperson Bonnie Lund says about 16,000 customers lost power. She says it was caused by equipment failure. It's not known when power will be restored. A customer service representative says a substation in Fargo "blew up."