Xcel Energy shocks FPC with facts about electricity

Xcel Energy held its annual FFA Electric Workshop at FPC this week in the FPC ag building. There were 21 area schools participating in this workshop. The FFA Electric Workshop includes four main courses for the students – loaders, controls, wiring I and wiring II. The workshops not only teach students the basics of electricity, but also teach the principles of electric safety.Yesterday morning, Dru Chidester, Community Service Manager of Xcel Energy in Perryton, and Borger Xcel Energy linemen presented an arcing demonstration for the students. The linemen shot high power voltage through items such as an apple, pickle, balloon, pipe, etc. to prove how dangerous electricity can be to any human. This demonstration has been presented once a year for over 35 years for students and the community. Xcel Energy’s main goal with these workshops are to keep the public safe around all things electricity.