Lake Levels are at historical lows as demand for energy continues from the massive cold snap that hit the Midwest this week.
Officials with Ameren say the lake dropped from 654 to nearly 652 (expected this weekend) in just a few days, due to generation levels at Bagnell Dam.
While other areas are dealing with rolling power outages, Lake Area isn’t one of them because of a bill signed into law in 2019.
“It was a bill to encourage utilities to invest in their infrastructure to help it be more robust and withstand storms and things like these freezing cold temperatures.”
Speaking with KB on the Morning Magazine, Ameren’s Warren Writ says that led to the creation of the Smart Energy Plan.
“Part of it is putting smart meters on people’s homes, part of it was encouragement for businesses to come to Missouri.”
Writ says it’s impossible to tell where you power is coming from right now, even with the dam at full generation.
“We just meter how much power we put into the grid, and we meter how much people pull off that grid. Did it come from the Osage Energy Center? Did it come from our of our plants in St. Louis? Did it come from a plant in New York? We can’t tell that.”
He says they are monitoring the situation with docks, as well as a massive ice flow on the Missouri River, that could impact generation levels at the dam.
Energy officials say there are numerous reasons why the power grid had less power that usual, one being frozen natural gas plants in the north, while another included frozen windmills and ice covered solar panel farms.
For Ameren, a lot of their power loss comes from the shutdown of the Callaway Energy Nuclear Center, which has been off the grid since earlier this year due to a maintenance issue. That plant accounts for nearly 19% of Ameren’s power in the Show Me State.