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Xcel Energy lifts conservation request for natural gas customers

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Xcel Energy said after a stable night, the company has lifted a natural gas conservation request for all customers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

"Customers in North Dakota and Minnesota immediately may begin dialing their thermostats back up and using natural gas appliances," Xcel Energy's senior vice president of operations Kent Larson said.

The appeal for customers in western Wisconsin was lifted at 12 p.m.

"The response from our customers, emergency response officials and other local, state and federal officials was most gratifying," Larson said. "Customers stepped up to conserve, so fortunately no one lost natural gas service due to this event. Had that happened, however, folks were standing by to move quickly to assist our customers."

On Sunday, Xcel Energy asked natural gas consumers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota to reduce their natural gas usage following a fiery pipeline rupture in Canada.

Xcel said natural gas flows are increasing from TransCanada pipeline into Xcel's service provider, Viking Gas Transmission, and if that continues as projected, Xcel can handle an increase in demand on the system.

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