Frigid Temperatures May Result in Controlled Power Outages

josh roesenerFebruary 15, 2021

Victory Electric notified their  Southwest, Kans customers of potential power outages on Feb. 15.

 

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has elevated the Energy Emergency Alert to a Level 3 (EEA3) as electric grid conditions tighten further due to the persistent and extreme cold weather, which has led to electric use in SPP’s 14-state region to exceed available generation capacity.

 

Electric consumers are asked to conserve energy.

 

Victory Electric was notified by SPP and Sunflower Electric that their members should prepare for and expect controlled interruptions in power, that are expected to last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

 

Extreme cold weather and natural gas supply issues have created energy deficiencies in the Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) region, leading the SPP to declare formal alerts associated with low generating capacity for the entire SPP footprint throughout the next week.

 

A responsibility of SPP is to declare and communicate the existence of any emergencies related to capacity and/or energy emergencies within the SPP area as necessary to manage, alleviate or end an energy emergency.

 

This is done by issuing formal alerts based on SPP Energy Emergency Alert Level system.

 

1. Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 (EEA1) – signals that SPP foresees or is experiencing conditions where all available resources are committed to meet firm load obligations and that we may be unable to sustain its required contingency reserves.

 

2. Energy Emergency Alert Level 2 (EEA2) – An EEA2 signals that SPP is no longer capable of providing its expected energy requirements and is now energy deficient. EEA2 requires the public appeal for energy conservation efforts. *This request for energy conservation will remain in effect until further notice to mitigate the risk of more widespread and longer-lasting outages.

 

3. Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 (EEA3) – An EEA3 is triggered if SPP has to utilize operating reserves below the required minimum or ask our members to implement controlled service interruptions.

Visit Victory Electric’s Website for more information on the issue

 

Additionally, The City of Dodge City is staying up to date on the impact of the prolonged arctic temperature on our local energy services and preparing for all possibilities and is aware of the controlled interruptions in power due to the energy emergency issuance.

At this time, City facilities except for City Hall, Dodge City Fire Department, and Dodge City Fire Department will close to conserve energy.

 

Currently, this step will not impact City services such as trash,
sanitation, water, utility bill payments, and public safety.

 

Information can change at a moment’s notice for City services and operations and the utility companies providing service to the area and will be updated accordingly.

 

Below are just a few of the steps individuals can take to conserve energy in residences:

 

 Pipes: During periods of extreme cold, like now, it can be beneficial to leave open your cabinet
doors under any sinks, especially those on an outside wall. Also, turn your faucet on so that it
drips or runs very little. These measures can help protect your pipes from freezing.

 

 Thermostat: Lower temperatures and dress in layers and additional blankets to keep warm. Turn
down thermostats to 68-degrees or lower. If health permits.

 

 Close shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.

 

 Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.

 

 Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, and clothes dryers until
the demand for electricity decreases.

 

 Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.

 

This is not a complete list of actions that can be taken to conserve energy while protecting individuals and their homes.

 

For more resources, visit www.victoryelectric.net, www.kdheks.gov, www.kansastag.gov, www.kcc.ks.gov, or www.blackhillsenergy.com.

 

 

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