Rolling Blackouts Possible in Missouri Overnight & Wed. Feb 17
Just before 10:00 PM CST Evergy announced on their Facebook page that:
Current conditions make additional controlled, temporary emergency electricity reductions a strong possibility from around midnight through 11 am Wednesday morning. As a result, Evergy remains on standby in the event that the SPP calls for additional emergency power outages.
Earlier Tuesday night the Southwest Power Pool indicated they had "enough generating capacity online to meet system-wide demand." However they were asking power companies to publicly ask their customers to continue their electricity conservation efforts so SPP wouldn't have to ask power companies to implement rolling blackouts.
The Southwest Power Pool is forecasting that between a high demand for electricity and continued cold weather over the next 48 hours they may have to ask power companies like Evergy to implement rolling blackouts.
According to Evergy some of the ways you can reduce your electric usage include:
- Turn thermostats a little cooler (65-68 degrees). Avoid the use of electric space heaters.
- Close blinds and shades to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
- Change or clean filters on furnaces.
- Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances in your home.
- When possible, use large appliances (clothes washers, dryers and dishwashers) between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Reduce air leaks that let cold air in by sealing around doors and windows with weatherstripping or caulk and inserting foam gaskets on electrical switches and outlets.
- Businesses should reduce the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
- Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential processes.
On Tuesday the SPP asked Evergy to engage in rolling blackouts of 30 to 90 minutes from 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM CST. Some customers were left without power for longer periods of time. And the utility says 270,000 customers were without power at some point Tuesday. It's not clear how many of the outages were due to the rolling black outs and how many were weather related.
Customers experiencing an outage can report it to Evergy at 888-544-4852. If you need emergency assistance from Evergy call 2-1-1.