(KFOR NEWS February 15, 2021) Lincoln Electric System asks customers to take steps to conserve energy in the next several days due to low temperatures that are causing increased electricity and natural gas usage. Higher usage is putting a significant strain on these systems that could cause service reliability issues.
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP), LES’ regional reliability coordinator, has notified utilities within its regional footprint that energy curtailments may be necessary. Such reductions would be used to balance the supply and demand of electricity in the region.
SPP released a statement today stating, “We have requested that our members and market participants throughout the SPP region conserve energy beginning at 12:00 a.m. central time on Monday, Feb. 15 and for the following 48 hours to mitigate the risk of more widespread and longer-lasting outages… SPP is coordinating closely with our members and market participants to respond to high demand for electricity, inadequate supply of natural gas, and wind-forecast uncertainty among other variables.”
“This is an unprecedented weather event that is impacting our entire region,” said Jason Fortik, LES vice president of Power Supply. “We are coordinating with our partner utilities and doing everything we can to address these challenges and maintain reliable service to our customers.”
To help lower the electric system load, LES asks customers to voluntarily and safely implement one or more of the following tips to help reduce their energy use during this time:
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