It’s not like Colorado regularly sees the triple-digit temperatures of Arizona, or Texas, but still when it hits 90 or 95 degrees residents know it.
That’s why many have air conditioning, like those in southern states.
But a report now confirms that thousands of Xcel customers were locked out of their home thermostats for hours this week because of a “rare energy emergency.”
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The Denver Channel reported 22,000 people “lost control” of temperatures in their homes for hours Tuesday.
“Temperatures climbed into the 90s Tuesday, which is why Tony Talarico tried to crank up the air conditioning in his partner’s Arvada home. ‘I mean, it was 90 out, and it was right during the peak period,’ Talarico said. ‘It was hot,'” the report explained.
Then he saw the message on his digital thermostat warning him he was locked out.
Multitudes of Xcel customers reported similar hazards on social media, and Xcel confirmed that tens of thousands who signed up for the Colorado AC Rewards program were affected.
Emmett Romine, a utility VP, said, “It’s a voluntary program. Let’s remember that this is something that customers choose to be a part of based on the incentives.”
Under the program, customers get $100 by enrolling, and then $25 a year, if they “give up some control to save energy … and make the system more reliable.”
He said the “emergency” was triggered by an outage in Pueblo, some 100-plus miles south of the Denver metro area.
The lockouts are what many Americans have concerns about as the nation’s politicians demand more and more “green” programs, such as programmable digital thermostats that can be locked to prevent consumer use.
Such cases are feared to get worse, too, as the Democrats in power in Washington direct the nation away from reliable fossil fuels and nuclear power and to unstable wind and solar energy sources.
Already, California, which announced in a few years it will ban sales of new gasoline powered vehicles, had to warn owners of electric vehicles not to charge them for a time this week because the grid was unable to provide the energy.
At PJMedia, a report described the thermometers were “pegged at 90+ degrees” when “a bizarre message flashed on their thermostats indicating they’d lost the ability to control the temperature in their own homes.”
“CO is as well…just got my first taste of Green Control yesterday…recently had a new AC installed…with a fancy smart thermostat…the power company (Xcel) changed my thermostat to 78 (from 74) yesterday afternoon,” one Twitter user wrote.
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