Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at 9:20 a.m. — SPP is no longer under an energy emergency alert (EEA). Due to continuing high loads and other implications of severe cold weather, SPP remains in a period of conservative operations until 10 p.m. CST, Feb. 20, for the entire SPP balancing authority area.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at 6:20 p.m. — The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) moved back to an EEA1. SPP continues to urge all homes and businesses throughout its 14-state region to conserve electricity.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at 9:24 a.m. — The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has released the Energy Emergency Alert. We are no longer in an EEA of any level. Public appeals to conserve energy can be suspended. The public appeals and concerted efforts to reduce demand across the system made a big difference in our load. Much thanks for all your efforts. While technology has changed our world, people working together is still essential.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at 11 p.m. — The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) moved back to an EEA1 following the upgrade to EEA2 that began earlier this evening at 6:20 p.m. SPP continues to urge all homes and businesses throughout its 14-state region to conserve electricity, but the SPP is not directing any interruptions of service at this time
Wednesday Feb. 17, 2021 @ 1:15 p.m. – The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has moved to an EEA1. The capacity situation is still tight and the alert level has changed from EEA1 to EEA2 several times over the last 24 hours. SPP may need to declare an EEA2 again during this continued weather event. Electric utilities are encouraged to keep public appeals to conserve energy in place.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 at 6:58 p.m. — The SPP has again issued an EEA2, which calls for public conservation of electricity. Conditions on the electric grid remain strained due to the current weather pattern and the constraints on natural gas. Conserving electricity now can help avert a move to an EEA3, which would require scheduled electricity interruptions to balance the grid.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2020, at 3 p.m. — Sunflower’s Stuart Lowry, president and chief executive officer, provides updates in this video message about emergency energy alerts being ordered by the Southwest Power Pool as the heart of the country experiences a record-setting cold snap impacting the electric utility industry.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at 7 a.m. — The public is asked to continue conserving electricity and prepare for electricity interruptions. Sunflower Electric Power Corporation was notified by the Southwest Power Pool that the14-state region is again in an Emergency Energy Alert Level 3 due to weather and resource conditions. An EEA3 means there is not currently enough electricity to serve the demand. Electric utilities have been ordered to implement scheduled interruptions. Please help by avoiding all unnecessary use of electricity. Thank you
Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at 3:15 p.m. — Sunflower Electric Power Corporation has issued public appeals for electric consumers in Kansas to reduce all unnecessary energy usage starting Sunday, Feb. 14, and continuing for the next few days.
Today, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which manages energy delivery over a 14-state region, issued an Energy Emergency Alert 3 (EEA3) due to the extreme weather conditions that are causing the tightening supplies of energy generation and natural gas.
An EEA3, the last of three levels, signals that electricity use has exceeded available generation in the SPP territory. After exhausting usage of available reserve energy, at 12:15 p.m. SPP directed its member utilities to implement controlled interruptions of service effective immediately to prevent further, more widespread and uncontrolled outages.
Each utility’s load-shed request varies, and Sunflower was directed by the SPP Balancing Authority to shed 14 megawatts of electricity due to lack of regional generation to cover electricity demand. Sunflower then implemented its rotating load-shed schedule, a schedule that limits the length of electricity interruptions throughout the system. When required to shed load, Sunflower will do its best to limit curtailed electricity interruptions to durations of 30-60 minutes. SPP’s load-shed order was rescinded by SPP at approximately 1:15 p.m., and all curtailed loads were restored. At 2 p.m., the SPP Balancing Authority returned the system to EEA Level 2, which calls for continued energy conservation but no imminent load curtailments.
Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at 11:31 a.m. — Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is issuing public appeals for electric consumers in Kansas (including those served by Lane-Scott, Pioneer, Southern Pioneer, Prairie Land, Victory, Western, and Wheatland Electric) to reduce all unnecessary electricity usage starting now and continuing for the next few days.
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which manages energy delivery over a 14-state region, has now issued an Energy Emergency Alert 3 (EEA3) due to the extreme weather conditions that are causing the tightening supplies of electricity and natural gas.
An EEA3, the highest of three levels, signals that SPP is operating with reserves below the required minimum and may order member utilities to curtail energy use through controlled interruptions of service. If this occurs, SPP will direct its member to reduce their energy consumption by a particular amount, and it will be up to each individual utility to determine how best to achieve the load reduction based on their emergency operating plans.
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