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SLEMCO discontinues rolling blackouts asks for customers to conserve electricity

Demand on the regional grid has eased
Posted at 9:04 AM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 14:30:54-05

UPDATE: SLEMCO has been notified that they can discontinue the rolling blackouts.

They say that demand on the regional grid has eased.

If conditions change, SLEMCO says they will update customers through local and social media.

SLEMCO says that all generation units in the regional system continue to operate at peak capacity to keep up with the unusually high demand for electricity. Sub-freezing temperatures throughout the day today and tonight are once again expected to strain the multi-state power grid that supplies SLEMCO customers with electricity.

"We are asking customers to do all they can to reduce power consumption for the next 24 hours to help avoid having to initiate rolling blackouts again," SLEMCO urges.

In all-electric homes, the most effective way to conserve significant power is to set heating thermostats no higher than 68 degrees and even lower, if possible. Customers who have electric water heaters can also conserve significant power by turning water heaters off at the breaker for several hours each day.

All current outages are NOT related to rolling blackouts. If SLEMCO customers are out of power they should call 1-888-275-3626 or login to SmartHub to report the outage. We appreciate everyone's patience.

SLEMCO announced on Tuesday, February 16 that they were instructed to conduct rolling blackouts for customers.

The request came from MISO, the The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, a not-for-profit Regional Transmission Organization that works to ensure reliable and least-cost delivery of electricity to 15 U.S. states and Manitoba, Canada.

SLEMCO has provided an FAQ about MISO and the rolling blackouts.

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