CLECO: Rolling Blackouts to be used to alleviate load on electric grid

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(KLFY) Cleco has started power outages for its customers across Louisiana.

In a press release late Tuesday, the company said it had been notified by the regional reliability coordinator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), that extremely cold temperatures are causing an increase in demand for power which is resulting in an overload of the power grid.

MISO has instructed Cleco to reduce demand on the power grid by beginning periodic outages to customers across Louisiana.

“While our crews worked to prepare for this storm, a loss of generation combined with the peak load due to record-low temperatures have caused a strain on the power grid system. In an effort to prevent damage or lengthy power outages, Cleco was instructed by MISO to begin forced power outages,” said Terry Whitmore, vice president of transmission services.

“Depending on conditions, individual customers could experience multiple outages each lasting less than an hour until we receive notification from MISO that this is no longer necessary to protect the electric grid system.”

Some actions customers with power can take to conserve energy include:

· Delay laundry, washing dishes, and other non-essential uses of electricity for conservation.

· Wash clothes with cold water, cook foods at the lowest possible setting and refrain from opening the oven door while baking.

· Don’t allow warmed air to escape from the home.

· Open blinds, drapes and curtains to let in warmth from the sun.

· Lower the central thermostat to 68 degrees or lower if possible.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding during this unusual time,” said Whitmore. “We will resume normal operations as soon as possible.”

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