SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. - Xcel Energy tells 7News it is continuing to make repairs to a natural gas pipeline serving Summit County communities that failed Sunday afternoon.
The utility company is asking Summit County customers, including those in Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Silverthorne and Frisco, to significantly reduce their natural gas usage by turning their thermostats down to 60 degrees or as low as you can comfortably and safely tolerate.
Xcel is also asking those customers not use natural gas appliances such as fireplaces, gas-fired hot tubs and dryers or appliances that use hot water, such as clothes washers and dishwashers until after noon on Monday.
This step is needed to reduce natural gas use this morning until we can complete repairs and re-pressurize the natural gas system, according to Xcel.
If natural gas use cannot be reduced enough, Xcel warns it may have to implement electric outages to groups of customers to further reduce the demand for natural gas.