Residents asked to limit energy use

CNJ staff

Xcel Energy officials are asking customers to limit power use Tuesday as expected electricity demands could outweigh production.

Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company shut down two generators Monday in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo after discovering tubes in the boilers were leaking.

Reeves said the generators would go undergo maintenance throughout the day, but he hopes the issue would be resolve before peak hours, which is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

He said electricity usage for the year would peak in the next few weeks as the weather gets hotter.

Temperatures are predicted to reach highs in the low 90s throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

To conserve energy the company is suggesting: