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Jun 25, 2010 11:49 AM by Monica Gouty

Denver residents asked to conserve power

DENVER (AP) - Xcel Energy is asking some Denver residents to conserve electricity because of a heat wave combined with damage to a substation.

Xcel says temperatures are forecast in the high 90s Friday, likely resulting in electricity demand for air conditioners.

The affected area is bordered by Havana Street on the east, Santa Fe Drive on the west, Interstate 70 on the north and Alameda Avenue on the south. Residents are asked to conserve between 10a.m. and midnight.

The east Denver substation was damaged by an explosion and fire on June 7. Temporary equipment is in place until permanent repairs are complete.

The June 7 fire knocked out power to about 31,000 customers for hours. Some hospitals had to switch to backup power.

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