Xcel Looking to Shut off More Customer's Power This Year

Xcel energy expects to turn off power to 47,000 Colorado customers in the second and third quarters this year because they failed to pay their bill on time.

That number is a 140 percent increase compared to the same period in 2005 when the utility shut off power to nearly 20,000 customers.

The increase comes as Xcel rates have increased the last six months to cover the cost of coal and natural gas.