LINCOLN–(KFOR Feb. 17)–As of early Wednesday afternoon, The Southwest Power Pool has declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 for its entire 14-state balancing authority area, including Nebraska. G
Generation is currently sufficient to serve system-wide demand across the region and to fully satisfy operating reserve requirements.
According to the Nebraska Public Power District, the Energy Emergency Alert level moved to Level 3 at 9 a.m.
The Southwest Power Pool, which monitors energy supply and demand for a 14-state area across the central U.S., including Nebraska, begins asking its suppliers to issue temporary, rolling blackouts at Level 3.
WE HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT SPP WILL BE MOVING TO AN ENERGY EMERGENCY ALERT LEVEL 3 AT 9 A.M. This may affect service to our customers. We will have very little, if any, notice of where these interruptions may take place. Please prepare for outages lasting 45 minutes or longer.
— NPPD (@NPPDnews) February 17, 2021
However, an LES update twitter account states: “At this time, we remain in an Energy Emergency Alert Level 2. We will let you know if a decision is made to move back to Level 3 and begin subsequent rotating outages.”
Full statement below.
LES officials are in direct contact with SPP this morning as they monitor the electric grid’s status. At this time, we remain in an Energy Emergency Alert Level 2. We will let you know if a decision is made to move back to Level 3 and begin subsequent rotating outages.
— Lincoln Electric Sys (@LESupdates) February 17, 2021
Outages remain possible Wednesday.