MPUC holds planning meeting to discuss Gas and Electrical outages during January cold snap

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St Paul, Minnesota —

You might remember about a month ago when record breaking cold poured into our region.

Thursday afternoon Minnesota Public Utilities commission held a meeting with gas and electric companies that dealt directly with outages related to this year’s polar vortex.

Companies like Xcel Energy and Minnesota Power convened in St Paul on Thursday to disclose outage numbers and weaknesses that were exposed during their customer coverage of the cold snap.

Xcel Energy’s Gas distribution system was one culprit to over a hundred homes not having heat for a period of time during the cold snap.

Their plan now is to upgrade their distribution system to be able to handle 30 degree below zero gas requests.

Minnesota Power, on the electrical side of things, did not see an extraordinary impact to their electrical customers during the cold air outbreak.

This planning meeting was put on today to address any outage problems that resulted from this winter’s extreme cold in order to decrease outages in the future.

Jenna Lake

Jenna Lake

Meteorologist
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