Thursday, February 08, 2007

Cold Snap Putting Strain On Power Grid


As of noon Tuesday, 15,000 megawatts of power were flowing through the grid, with only 600 megawatts in reserve, according MISO officials.

"It's been at least three years since we've seen winter temperatures like these," said Eric Pierce, Xcel's managing director of energy trading and commercial operations. "We have more peaking facilities running right now than I can recall running at this time of year in the last three years."