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Unprecedented Cold Temperatures Leading to Electric Grid Deficiencies

  • Posted: 02.16.2021

Extreme cold temperatures have created energy deficiencies in the Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) region, which has the potential to affect Western Iowa Power Cooperative members. Beginning at 12 a.m., Monday, Feb. 15 through the following 48 hours, we ask our electric cooperative members to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity to minimize strain on the electrical grid of our power provider. Widespread and extreme cold has led to tightening conditions across a large portion of the country. By reducing electric use, you are helping to mitigate the risk of possible power outages.

We ask that you minimize the use of clothes dryers, dishwashers, EV chargers and other optional use electric items especially during the morning hours today and tomorrow if possible. This includes reducing your hot water demand and turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees when possible.

We will do our best to keep our membership updated and informed with information as quickly as possible. Members can stay tuned to our website and Facebook page where more information will be posted as we receive it.