Continue Conserving Energy in Willow Springs
As temperatures have remained critically low, electric and natural gas supplies are limited. There is a continued chance through the weekend that regional transmission operators (ours is Sho-Me Power) could involuntarily curtail usage so that demand doesn’t outpace the electric supply. As a City it is our responsibility to urge you to continue to take measures to reduce consumption to help prevent rolling outages or regional brownouts that Texas is experiencing.
As of February 17 at 1:45 P.M. the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level 1, which had previously been at a Level 2, so we believe that generation currently is sufficient to serve system wide demand across our region and to fully satisfy operating reserve requirements, therefore, under Level 1, SPP is not directing any interruptions at this time.
If situations change (which is changing by the hour) I will reach out to let you know. If we face an outage, Sho-Me power should be providing a notice to us, however, that notice may be an extremely short notice. If it is just a rolling blackout, we anticipate it not lasting for more than 1 hour.
Additionally, MPUA (Missouri Public Utility Alliance) who we work closely with, has been in contact with the Missouri’s Governor’s Office, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and have started discussions with the Missouri’s Senatorial delegation and neighboring states to discuss a regional request for relief, as we are quite certain that we will be experiencing exorbitant natural gas prices and electric rates across the Midwest and will be effecting your utility bills. We would encourage you to also reach out to your congressional delegation as well, to share with them the impact of this issue on your business.