OG&E says customers should expect controlled, rolling power outages – KOCO Oklahoma City

OG&E officials confirmed with KOCO 5 that controlled service interruptions are currently being paused, however, the situation is fluid and it could resume at any time.Deputy Secretary of Energy and Environment Carly Cordell told KOCO 5’s Dillon Richards that they’ve been informed by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and utility companies that Southwest Power Pool has now pulled back from the Level 3 Emergency Alert.Officials with OG&E first said people should expect that they will lose power as long as an hour over the next few days, perhaps multiple times. Officials said that this is to preserve the integrity of the power grid and avoid a situation where the grid gets overwhelmed and prompts massive regional blackouts. The Southwest Power Pool, power grid operator for a region covering 14 states in the central U.S., had directed member power companies, including those in Oklahoma, to implement controlled outages amid an “unprecedented event” that has strained the power grid and exhausted reserve energy.“After declaring an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 at 10:08 a.m. this morning, and after exhausting all other options to ensure the continued reliability of the regional grid, SPP is directing member utilities to implement controlled interruptions of service effective immediately,” SPP said in a statement posted to Twitter. According to Edmond city officials, the Southwest Power Pool later lowered the Energy Emergency Alert to Level 2. There is the potential to return to Level 3 with temperatures bottoming out Monday night and in the morning, so officials are asking everyone to do all they can to conserve power usage.Declaration of energy emergency alerts are due to several factors resulting from widespread, long-lasting and extreme cold weather, officials said. These factors include, but are not limited to, high electricity use across the entire SPP system and limited wind power and natural gas availability. OG&E is urging its customers to reduce electricity use. Customers can help by taking conservation steps such as:Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permitsPostpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until mid-day or after 9 p.m. when the demand for electricity decreasesTurn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not usingBusinesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possibleLarge consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing nonessential production processesThis is a developing story. Stay with KOCO 5 for updates.

OG&E officials confirmed with KOCO 5 that controlled service interruptions are currently being paused, however, the situation is fluid and it could resume at any time.

Deputy Secretary of Energy and Environment Carly Cordell told KOCO 5’s Dillon Richards that they’ve been informed by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and utility companies that Southwest Power Pool has now pulled back from the Level 3 Emergency Alert.

Officials with OG&E first said people should expect that they will lose power as long as an hour over the next few days, perhaps multiple times. Officials said that this is to preserve the integrity of the power grid and avoid a situation where the grid gets overwhelmed and prompts massive regional blackouts.

The Southwest Power Pool, power grid operator for a region covering 14 states in the central U.S., had directed member power companies, including those in Oklahoma, to implement controlled outages amid an “unprecedented event” that has strained the power grid and exhausted reserve energy.

“After declaring an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 at 10:08 a.m. this morning, and after exhausting all other options to ensure the continued reliability of the regional grid, SPP is directing member utilities to implement controlled interruptions of service effective immediately,” SPP said in a statement posted to Twitter.

According to Edmond city officials, the Southwest Power Pool later lowered the Energy Emergency Alert to Level 2. There is the potential to return to Level 3 with temperatures bottoming out Monday night and in the morning, so officials are asking everyone to do all they can to conserve power usage.

Declaration of energy emergency alerts are due to several factors resulting from widespread, long-lasting and extreme cold weather, officials said. These factors include, but are not limited to, high electricity use across the entire SPP system and limited wind power and natural gas availability.

OG&E is urging its customers to reduce electricity use. Customers can help by taking conservation steps such as:

  • Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits
  • Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until mid-day or after 9 p.m. when the demand for electricity decreases
  • Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using
  • Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible
  • Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing nonessential production processes

This is a developing story. Stay with KOCO 5 for updates.

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