UPDATED: Southwest Power Pool Downgrades To Level 1

WAYNE – As of 12:31 p.m. Central time Tuesday, the Southwest Power Pool has downgraded the energy emergency alert (EEA) to a level 1.

This is declared when all available resources have been committed to meet obligations, and SPP is at risk of not meeting required operating reserves.

SPP previously declared a move from EEA Level 3 to EEA Level 2 at 11:30 a.m. Central time.

SPP’s forecasts anticipate that due to high load and persistent cold weather, it is likely its system will fluctuate between EEA levels over the next 48 hours.

While SPP works to maintain regional reliability, power officials continue to urge member companies to instruct consumers across the service territory to conserve electricity at home and work, and to follow their local utility’s directions regarding safety, conservation and potential outages.



Original post Tuesday morning at 8:11 a.m.

WAYNE – For the second straight day, the Nebraska Public Power District has been informed about emergency coordinated interruptions of service.

According to a release from NPPD, these 30-minite interruptions of service occur in real-time, so power officials have very little, if any, notice as to where these interruptions will take place.

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is declaring an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 3 effective immediately for the entire 14-state balancing authority area. System-wide generating capacity has dropped below the current load of approximately 42 gigawatts (GW) due to extremely low temperatures and inadequate supplies of natural gas.

Nebraska Public Power will be working with their member utilities to implement controlled interruptions of electric service throughout the region. This is done as a last resort to preserve the reliability of the electric system as a whole.

Individuals in the SPP service territory should take steps to conserve energy use and follow their local utilities’ instructions regarding conservation, local conditions and the potential for outages to their homes and businesses.

NPPD is currently forecasting a morning peak of above 44.6 GW around 9:00 a.m. Central time.

As of 7:05 a.m. Tuesday, Northeast Power was notified that the Village of Hoskins and rural Hoskins will now be excluded from this first round of rolling blackouts.