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Xcel asks NM, Texas customers to conserve

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Xcel Energy wants its customers in New Mexico and Texas to conserve energy Tuesday because of expected high electric demands and limits on its generating capacity.

The Amarillo, Texas-based utility is asking customers to limit electric use through 7 p.m. to reduce the strain on the power grid.

Xcel says it should produce enough power to meet demand, but reserve margins could tighten as people use their air conditioners in the afternoon.

Xcel suggests customers turn off lights, computers and appliances that aren't essential and set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher if at home and at 85 if they leave the house.

The utility also recommends using major appliances and equipment after 7 p.m., when electricity demand is lower.

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