Rolling outages possible during extreme weather
You hear the term rolling blackout or scheduled power outage, but what is it exactly? A rolling blackout, also referred to as rotational load shedding or feeder rotation, is an intentionally-engineered electrical power shutdown in which electricity delivery is stopped for non-overlapping periods of time over different parts of the distribution region. This helps bring the supply of and demand for electricity back into balance and prevent the possibility of longer, more widespread outages.
Corn Belt Power Cooperative, power supplier to Prairie Energy Cooperative, has issued an emergency electric power alert (EEA) for its member cooperatives and their member-owners. We are asking our members to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity to reduce strain on the electrical grid. The effects of widespread and extreme cold conditions have led to tightening conditions across a large portion of the country.
What can you do to help?
- Turn your thermostat to 68 degrees
- Cover drafty windows
- Avoid using large appliances like clothes washers, clothes dryers and ovens
- Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances
All of these things help lighten the load on the power grid, reducing the potential need for rolling black outs during extreme weather. Please keep this in mind, as the need for rotational load shedding will continue to be a possibility until extreme temperatures start to taper off.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at the Prairie Energy office at 515-532-2805.