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Xcel Energy lifts appeal for conservation

Xcel Energy asked residents to turn thermostats down to 60-degrees

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - 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.



In anticipation of cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills this week, Xcel Energy has asked its customers to conserve their natural gas.

An Xcel statement said three natural gas pipelines have been out of service as a result of an explosion in Manitoba Saturday. One of those pipelines has been fixed and is expected to run as normal by Monday, according to the statement.

The company is asking customers to conserve their use of natural gas until full service has been restored. That includes turning thermostats down to 60 degrees and avoiding the use of natural gas appliances.

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