Frigid weather in west is taxing power grid

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rocky Mountain Power is asking customers to skimp on electricity as the utility tries to cope with higher demand prompted by frigid weather.Rocky Mountain Power says demand for electricity is “very high” because of below-freezing weather across much of the American West.Western utilities are scrambling to meet demand, a problem made worse by transmission bottlenecks.Rocky Mountain Power says the emergency has eased since Tuesday evening, when it made a round of automated phone calls asking customers to conserve. But cold temperatures are expected to persist until the weekend.The utility says customers can help by minimizing the use of lights, computers, televisions and appliances. It’s even asking people to turn off holiday lights and cook with microwaves instead of regular electric ovens.

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