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Published February 13, 2011, 12:10 PM

Power Restored to Remaining Fargo Xcel Energy Customers

About 5,660 Xcel Energy customers were without power for 12 hours by the time service was ultimately restored early this morning. All customers affected by a widespread outage Saturday were back online by 1:45 a.m., according to a statement from Xcel.

By: Kristin Daum, Inforum

FARGO - About 5,660 Xcel Energy customers were without power for 12 hours by the time service was ultimately restored early this morning.

All customers affected by a widespread outage Saturday were back online by 1:45 a.m., according to a statement from Xcel.

The outage left as many as 16,000 customers without power for at least four hours Saturday evening, but the complexity of the problem forced thousands to remain without service into the night.

Those customers were primarily in West Fargo, except nearly 800 who were in south Fargo, according to the company’s website.

Earlier in the evening, crews had gradually restored power to more than 10,000 customers who had also lost power in the outage that began at 1:40 p.m.

According to Xcel, a 115-kilovolt transmission line tripped offline at Main Avenue and 42nd Street in Fargo.

Equipment failed and sparked a fire at the substation, cutting off power to the facility and all of the Xcel customers it serves.

The incident affected West Fargo, south Fargo and portions of the industrial park in north Fargo.

Xcel spokeswoman Bonnie Lund said today that crews were able to re-energize one of the transformers at the damaged substation to restore service in the short-term.

Crews are continuing to work at the substation today to determine the exact cause of the outage and make further repairs, Lund said.

"We are gratfeul for our customers' patience during this extended outage," said Mark Nisbet, Xcel's principal manager for North Dakota. "We also appreciate the long hours our employees worked during this trying situation. They worked hard to find solutions to the challenging problems we faced today and safely executed those plans."

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