Jan 7, 2010 5:31 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
In an effort to ease the congestion of Acadiana's electrical grid during the forecasted cold snap over the next few days, SLEMCO is in the process of shifting the electrical load of some of its customers to substations that fall outside the immediate vicinity of Lafayette.
"Our customers will not notice that their electrical power is being re-routed," explains Mary Laurent, SLEMCO's communication manager. "It's an internal load transfer to relieve the most stressed areas in the system. We are taking this step in an abundance of caution to help ensure reliable power to the entire Acadiana area throughout the next few days."
SLEMCO is also asking its customers "to do their part" to conserve energy during the next several days as frigid conditions continue to grip the area.
"We are strongly urging our customers to conserve energy usage as much as possible over the next few days," Laurent continued. "The easiest and most effective way to do that is to set heating thermostats to no higher than 68 degrees when you're home and lower when you are not at home. Electric water heaters can also be turned off when not in use to conserve power."
The extreme cold temperatures result in a huge increase in electrical usage. This increased electrical consumption puts a serious burden on the electrical grid in Acadiana.
Conserving now will ease the pressure on the grid and it will surely reduce your next month's electric bill.