MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The heat is putting stress on the power grid, but Xcel Energy says it’s ready.

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Mary Sandok says Xcel Energy prepares for heat waves like this.

“We don’t foresee any supply issues at this time for this week,” Sandok said.

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But even power companies feel stress from the heat. And high-consumer demand from all those air conditioners running, along with the effect of the heat on the electrical system itself, will cause small outages.

“So we will see scattered outages — power outages — during high heat and humidity times,” she said.

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She says the utility does not anticipate a brown-out, even with an excessive heat warning continuing in the immediate Twin Cities until late Thursday night.