Cold temperatures continue in Lake of the Ozarks, and utility companies are asking you to help prevent rolling blackouts.

“Those temperatures are still low and there’s still a massive impact on the electric grids right now.”

Speaking with Christian Blood on the Ozarks Today, Gascosage Electric Cooperative GM Carmen Hartwell says there are a few things you can do to help save on electricity.

“Turn down the thermostat, even a couple of degrees means a lot, and unplug unnecessary items like charges and such. Those items are drawing electricity even if they’re not being used.”

Hartwell also says limiting the use of large appliances and space heaters is helpful to reduce electric usage.

She also says concerns about rolling blackouts should disappear as temperatures begin to warm up this weekend.

Right now the Bagnell Dam is at full generation, helping to increase the output of electricity to the grid across the Show Me State.

Truman Dam is also operating at a higher than normal capacity.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Gascosage Electric Cooperative – Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 

You may have been seeing and/or hearing information on the news about rolling blackouts due to the increased demand on the power grid during these extreme temperatures we’ve experienced over the past few days. Due to the energy conservation efforts of cooperative members across the state as well as the resourceful efforts of our power suppliers during this time, we were able to avoid load shedding this morning.  The next 24 hours remains crucial.  Please do all you can to conserve electric usage during this time, particularly Wednesday morning.  This situation will move fast and advance notification is not always possible.  Our power supplier is currently at EEA 2 (Energy Emergency Alert 2) Conservation Critical: Risk of Rotating Outages and could still call for load shedding if electric grid conditions change.  Updated information will be posted to our Gascosage Electric Cooperative Facebook Page and our website at www.gascosage.coop.

 

During the next 24 hours we encourage you to:

  1. Limit use of large appliances.
  2. Avoid the use of space heaters.
  3. Turn down the thermostat.
  4. Unplug devices when not in use.
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