Xcel Energy not tied to ERCOT or state power supply problems

In light of recent news regarding the state’s power grid run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Xcel Energy wants to assure the Texas Panhandle community that their situation is much different.

Although the rise in power usage due to summer’s triple-digit temperatures may affect supply and demand for electrical energy, this is not likely to result in power outages or rolling blackouts in the Amarillo area like those previously seen throughout the state.

According to Wes Reeves, Senior Media Relations Representative for Xcel Energy of Texas and New Mexico, this is due to the fact that the Panhandle area is on a different power grid than the one the majority of the state uses.

“We are part of the Southwest Power Pool that is managed by the market and is within the eastern inner connections, so all these utilities within the Southwest Power Pool are connected beyond. So we are really connected to as far back as the Atlantic Coast, if you really think about it.

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