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UPDATE: Xcel lifts appeal for conservation

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UPDATED Monday, January 27, 2014 --- 2:42 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Xcel Energy has lifted its appeal for conservation for all customers in the Upper Midwest after three natural gas pipelines were knocked out by an explosion in Canada.

The Minneapolis-based utility says natural gas is once again flowing to the region in one of two pipelines shut down for inspection Saturday after a third pipeline was ruptured in an explosion south of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Xcel Energy lifted its request to turn down the thermostat for customers in Minnesota and North Dakota late Monday morning. A conservation appeal was lifted for customers in western Wisconsin at noon Monday.

The company lifted its conservation appeal in stages to safely return the system to full capacity.

The call for conservation came just as much of the territory confronted another stretch of bitter cold.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, January 27, 2014 --- 11:46 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Xcel Energy has lifted its appeal for conservation for most customers after three natural gas pipelines were knocked out by an explosion in Canada.

The Minneapolis-based utility says progress continues Monday on restoring normal natural gas transmission service to parts of its territory in the Upper Midwest.

Xcel says natural gas is once again flowing to the region in one of two pipelines shut down for inspection Saturday after a third pipeline was ruptured in an explosion south of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Xcel has lifted its request to turn down the thermostat for customers in Minnesota and North Dakota. Xcel senior vice president Kent Larson says a conservation appeal should be lifted for customers in western Wisconsin later Monday.

The call for conservation came just as much of the territory confronted another stretch of bitter cold.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Monday, January 27, 2014 --- 6:58 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Xcel Energy says it expects one of three natural gas pipelines knocked out by an explosion in Canada will be back at full capacity by Monday afternoon.

But the Minneapolis-baesd utility is still asking its customers in parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin to conserve by turning down heat and avoiding using appliances that burn natural gas.

Spokeswoman Mary Sandok says it's clear customers responded when the conservation appeal went out following the explosion Saturday.

The call for conservation came just as much of the territory confronted another stretch of bitter cold.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 --- 9:16 a.m.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Xcel Energy is asking customers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin to reduce their natural gas usage because of a pipeline rupture in Canada.

The Minneapolis-based company is asking residential customers who use natural gas to heat their homes to turn their thermostats down to 60 and avoid using natural gas appliances. Businesses that use natural gas also are asked to conserve.

The company says in a statement that natural gas supplies are "adequate" at present but the impact of the pipeline rupture is still being evaluated.

Xcel says it is contacting local officials to ensure they are prepared should conditions change.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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