The Southern Power Pool, part of the nation’s electrical grid, this morning declared a Level 3 Energy Emergency Alert for its entire 14-state area, which includes Nebraska, because system-wide generating capacity dropped below the current demand load
Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker says that as part of the alert, the utility has been told to implement emergency coordinated interruptions of service.
These 30-minute interruptions of service will occur in real-time, so NPPD have very little, if any, notice as to where those interruptions will take place.
Becker says the controlled interruptions of service throughout the Southern Power Pool region are a last resort to preserve the reliability of the electric system as a whole.
Individuals should take steps to conserve energy use and follow NPPD’s instructions regarding conservation, local conditions and the potential for outages to their homes and businesses.
Becker says the extremely low temperatures and inadequate supplies of natural gas are the reason the system’s power production isn’t meeting demand, expected to peak above 44.6 GW around 9:00 a.m. Central time.