Light improvements in natural gas fuel deliveries to power plants and conservation by customers of Xcel Energy and other utilities helped prevent controlled outages on Wednesday across the Panhandle and South Plains regions of Texas and eastern and southeastern New Mexico.
Even so, electricity supply remains extremely tight through at least Thursday. Xcel Energy, regional electric cooperatives and municipal systems such as Lubbock Power & Light, are extending appeals to area electric customers to reduce energy use through Thursday and help avoid further disruptions.
The natural gas delivery issues are still persisting, however, and we’re expecting another night of really low temperatures. It’s critical that we continue conserving electricity until producers can get the gas flowing again as temperatures begin to rise.” Said Hudson, President of Xcel energy New Mexico and Texas. Natural gas production is off because of the extreme cold, and supplies are freezing up in the wellfields, limiting the amount of gas that can be delivered over pipelines to power plants across the region and beyond.