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Minn. utility asks customers to conserve electricity during cold blast

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An electric co-op is asking customers in the northwest metro to voluntarily conserve energy during the extreme cold weather Sunday and Monday.

WCCO reports the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association recommends limited use of electricity during peak times, between 5 and 10 p.m., both days.

The utility asks that customers wait until after 10 p.m. to use appliances such as washing machines and dryers or charging electrical devices and cell phones. Also, microwaves and toaster ovens use less than half the power of a conventional oven.

Despite the request, the utility confirms there's enough power to meet the demand of its 46,000 customers--most of which will be cranking the heat.

Highs in the Twin Cities Monday are only expected to reach -2 degrees.

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