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Off the Grid: Wes Reeves Talks Panhandle Power

We have all seen the national coverage of power outages across the US as a result of Winter Storm Uri, especially how it affected families across Texas. Today, we invited Wes Reeves, Senior Media Relations Representative at Xcel Energy, into the studio to unpack some of the complicated logistics of the power grids of the Lone Star state. He explains the big-picture layout of the different grids, why some areas were affected more than others, and what might happen as a result of these shortfalls. Thankfully, the HPPR-listener region only experienced a few “controlled outages,” but those further south will surely be weathering the fallout of this storm for years to come.

Hear our full interview on the link below, and thanks so much to Wes for his time and insight. One takeaway from our chat: here’s a huge high five of gratitude to all the energy workers who toiled to keep things running smoothly, as well as the generous care workers that looked out for the welfare of those most at risk. We are truly lucky to live amongst those who look out for one another across our communities. THANK YOU, ALL!

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.