Sunday, February 14, 2021

Residents Urged to Conserve Energy; Extreme Weather Conditions Creating Concerns

Severe winter weather conditions and extreme temperatures are causing concern among energy providers. Officials with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) are urging consumers to conserve energy. GRDA supplies energy to almost everyone in our area and all across Oklahoma.

GRDA has received notification from the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the electric balancing market for a 17-state region, that SPP would be declaring an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 1, effective 5 a.m. Monday, February 15.

According to SPP, due to the effects of widespread and extreme cold weather across the region, it is asking member utilities, including the Grand River Dam Authority, to conserve energy beginning at midnight central time on Monday, February 15, and for the following 48 hours to mitigate the risk of more widespread and longer-lasting outages.

An EEA1 declaration signals that SPP foresees or is experiencing conditions where all available electric generating resources are scheduled to meet firm load obligations and that it may be unable to sustain its required contingency reserves.

The need to conserve electricity and natural gas is rising to a necessary level to ensure the safety of the region's electric power grid.

Some conservation recommendations for customers are as follows:

• Turn down thermostats to 68 degrees.
• Close shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
• Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances. Avoid using large appliances (ovens, washing machines, etc.).
• 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 non-essential production processes.

GRDA will continue to coordinate with SPP to prepare for any changes in this current status.

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