Amarillo Experiencing Rolling Blackouts

Xcel Energy, area co-ops and municipals declared an energy emergency this morning and are now initiating controlled outages.

The company said this is due to persistent deficiencies in natural gas supplies that fuel power plants in the central United States, including power plants in Texas and New Mexico.

To maintain reliability and protect the regional grid, Xcel said they have been forced to interrupt power to pre-selected electric circuits for up to one hour at a time until system conditions improve.

Power was cut to Amarillo neighborhoods at 8;30 am.