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Xcel Gas Customers Asked to Turn Down the Heat

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FARGO (KVLY-KXJB) - Some local Xcel Energy customers woke to a surprising phone call last night: an automated message from the utility provider asking them, in part, to turn down their thermostats to 60 degrees and avoid using natural gas appliances.

The request stems from the Saturday morning rupture and explosion of a pipeline south of Winnipeg, which supplies natural gas to parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, including Fargo, Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, and Brainerd.

Xcel is calling the request a precautionary measure to maintain stability system-wide and says their natural gas supplies are adequate for now, however the company is continuing to evaluate the situation and hopes to make a further update available by noon.

If 60 degrees is too cold for you, Xcel suggests using electric space heaters, but urges caution to avoid overloading your home's circuits.

The ruptured line forced several home evacuations just south of Winnipeg, and flames burned for several hours before the gas was shut off.

 

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