MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Xcel Energy said it’s ready to meet the challenge posed by the extended heat wave.

There have been some scattered power outages but Xcel’s Tom Hoen said, in general, things are going well.

“We’re going to be monitoring closely our generating and transmission capacity to make sure the supply meets the demand, but right now we don’t foresee any issues at this time,” said Hoen.

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While Xcel Energy does not foresee a need to ask customers to conserve, it does recommend taking steps to keep the monthly air conditioning bill down.

One way is for homeowners to program the thermostat while they’re away.

“They can save roughly $100 by raising their thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees,” Hoen said.

It’s also helpful to change the filter often and keep the shades drawn.

Comments (13)
  1. NotReady says:

    Xcel is ready? Oh? Then why are 800+ residents without power in Minneapolis?

    1. Cindy Pearson says:

      My electricity went off @ 4:30……

    2. Kayla says:

      I wish I could “like” this comment.

  2. Darin says:

    That’s only 800 customers out of 2.8 million people in the metro area. .0003 percent roughly without power. That’s pretty good to me. Give them a break as the infrastructure isn’t meant to handle the load that is probably being put on it right now with all the AC on and all.

  3. Sam I am says:

    With the amount they charge the infrastructure damn well better handle it.

  4. joe says:

    Yeah, I demand 100% perfection all the time for my hard-earned dollar because I and the company I work for are also 100% perfect.

  5. vicki says:

    No power in Silver Lake since 4:30 give them a break people..

  6. Dave says:

    give em a break?! not after they announce on the news that “Excel is ready for heat wave.”power is out in eden prairie, and plymouth as well. said it wont be on till 6 pm tomorrow…. not very ready to me. and im dreading 18 hours of no A/C, and we’re frankly worried about our dogs while we’re at work…

  7. South Mpls says:

    This ridiculous, “Xcel ready for heat wave.”. We lost our power last night from 6 pm to 6am, and lost all of our food in the refrigerator. Then while I was at the grocery store replenishing I got a call from my wife telling me that the power was out again. This time from 3:30 pm to 5pm. Now the power has been out since 6:30pm and they said it won’t be in until at least 6 pm tomorrow! 23.5 hrs later! Now I’m scrabbling to figure out how to save the food I just bought, and what I should do with my family including my newborn son! Excel says the transformer is overloaded, history tells me this happens far to often in our block, and I suggested to them that they give us a transformer that van handle the larger load, they said it’s been noted?! You would think they could have already saved themselves time and money with installing the correct equipment.

  8. Brooklyn Park says:

    We have been told that our power won’t be on until 6 p.m. tomorrow as well. The people the next subdivision over have power. Apparently the dozen or so houses on our street don’t warrant their attention. In the six years living here we have had the worst electrical service I’ve ever experienced in my life. We are without power at least four to five times per year and Xcel does not care. I have visited third world countries who have better electrical service than we have here in Brooklyn Park. WCCO please remove this article or update your story and raise some hell with Xcel for us!

  9. South Mpls says:

    I have better service where my cabin is in rural Wisconsin. I agree with the comments above-they should be ready for power outages and I don’t get why it will take over 24 hours to have power restored in my neighborhood. Xcel ready for outage? Doublespeak. Disappointing and downright rude to make that claim.

  10. Nicole says:

    We were also without power from about 4:30 yesterday until 2:00 this morning. It is starting to sound as though far too many lost power for Xcel to say that they were ready for the heat wave.

  11. vicki says:

    Well people stop over loading the system stay off your pc don’t run washer/dryers/ dishwaqshers/ tv off lights out and this will help with the over loading of substations blowing out. Things happen. People surived back in the day when there was no pwer and it was hot. We are jsut spoiled and cry whe nwe don’t have air. I do know it sucks but come on don’t be so hard…

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