Sequoyah County and River Valley residents are once again being warned of possible rotating outages due to strain placed on power companies. As customers struggle to stay warm during one of the worst winter storms in recent history utility companies are struggling to handle the overload of power needed.
Tuesday morning the Grand River Dam Authority released another statement regarding possible outages after they were notified by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) that we were once again being raised to an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 3.
Under the EEA Level 3 declaration, SPP must utilize operating reserves below the required minimum or ask its member utilities to implement controlled service interruptions. Alert Level 3 is the highest alert level that SPP uses in a situation of energy shortage.
GRDA states that it "will be forced to interrupt service at the request of SPP in order to balance generation and load, and maintain system stability, across the region. Not all GRDA customers will be affected at one time, but on a rotational basis this action may negatively impact power delivery to some customers, resulting in a controlled interruption of service that will persist for approximately 45 minutes per rotation."
GRDA System Operations will be in contact with representatives of utility systems served by GRDA in advance of these interruptions.
A Cookson Hills representative stated that they do not know yet if their customers will be impacted.
The City of Sallisaw has notified their residents of the possible outage encouraging residents to be prepared and stating that it "may or may not happen in Sallisaw."
Although it's unclear what areas will be affected everyone should plan accordingly and be prepared to spend approximately one hour without power.
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