ROLLING OUTAGE INFORMATION: The City of Marlow was asked to shed 2 megawatts (Mw) of power this morning. The call came in at 7:35 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. shutdown.
In that time, a careful determination was made on which of the four circuits would be shed for one hour. Two circuits did not carry the required load to shed. The other powered the city's water supply.
Marlow's 2 Mw was a small part of a larger effort to conserve energy in a Level 3 Energy Emergency declared this morning at 6:45 a.m. by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the federal-level agency that oversees a 17-state power grid.
During a press conference Monday, SPP noted that 641 Mw were sought in rolling outages that day.
With record low temperatures affecting most of the country, the call for energy is great. With some resources able to perform under certain weather conditions, remaining resources are stretched to the limit.
A normal winter day in Marlow would see the entire town's demand to be around 4 to 5 Mw. Tuesday's morning's demand was nearing 8 Mw.
As colder temperatures persist, all electric users are asked to conserve where possible:
1. Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits
2. Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, and clothes dryers until the demand of electricity decreases.
3. Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using, and
4. Keep doors, windows and blinds shut to retain heat in houses.
Temperatures are to remain below freezing through some point on Friday, Feb. 19. That could mean further demand to shed load. As with Tuesday, the timing to which customers could be alerted may be short.
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