Xcel Energy customers tested by bitter cold, power outages, pipeline rupture

  • Article by: Susan Hogan , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2014 - 5:57 AM

As temperatures plummeted into the subzero teens early Monday, dozens of Twin Cities customers suffered power outages, according to the Xcel Energy website.

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woodbuckJan. 27, 14 5:58 AM

Seem like all we have been hearing from the big utilities, is that natural gas, was clean and reliable. Well this just goes to show, that, we need a number of sources of energy. A broad mix of nuclear, fossil, and, renewable is the best way to go. The big rush to convert coal fired plants to natural gas might not be the best option. Maybe we need to burn coal cleaner, and, make nuclear safer, along with an expansion of wind and solar power. We need a multilayered approach to supply reliable power.

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sausageJan. 27, 14 6:57 AM

Perhaps Xcel had better have a better look at their infrastructure. First they try to say that there is a shortage of natural gas; then they report power outages. They tell us to use electricity and little do they know that electricity is produced by the burning of natural gas. Next they will be applying for an increase in rates for electricity and gas. A monopoly can really act like a tyrant when weather is bad. They are our savior and big brother all wrapped up in one. How about a committee to look into this-to study this situation? Meanwhile mother nature will crank up or down the temperature at her leisure.

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dmay88Jan. 27, 14 7:35 AM

DESPERATE people often resort to measures that are unwise. Please, if you put in a wood stove or other temporary heat source, ensure they are installed properly. Burning you house down or asphyxiation is deadly! Also, danger lurks with improper use of electric heaters as well.

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sirtophamhatJan. 27, 14 7:43 AM

@ sausage - - "They tell us to use electricity and little do they know that electricity is produced by the burning of natural gas." - - I'm pretty sure Xcel engergy knows how electricity is produced.

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elle2008Jan. 27, 14 8:17 AM

This company should not get paid a penny for service this month. Zero, nada.

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reader2580Jan. 27, 14 9:46 AM

A few hundred people lose electric service and Xcel is being vilified? How do we know that a car didn't hit a pole or something? Do you want Xcel to put up crash barriers around every power pole?

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greatxJan. 27, 1410:40 AM

"make nuclear safer"

Then why aren't we building new facilities?

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mjcmspJan. 27, 1412:34 PM

"make nuclear safer" ---- Nuclear fission will never be safe. It is inherently uncontrollable. Nuclear fusion (which we probably will be able to do on a large scale within a couple decades) is the only 'safe' form of nuclear. You can stop a fusion reaction at any time with no residual dangerous radiation. Nuclear fission cannot be stopped and dangerous residual radiation lingers for thousands of years.

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