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Southwest Power Pool elevates Energy Emergency Alert to Level 3 as grid conditions tighten further

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 15, 2021

Persistent and extreme cold weather has led to region-wide electricity use that exceeds available generation across the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) service territory. At 10:08 a.m. central time on Monday, Feb. 15 the grid operator declared an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 3, signaling that its operating reserves are below the required minimum. SPP has directed its member utilities to be prepared to implement controlled interruptions of service if necessary.

Outage Notifications Expanded

In an effort to increase member communications, the cooperative is moving beyond automated phone calls to notify members of power outages. We have added the capability to send an e-mail or text message to SmartHub users to notify them prior to a power outage occurring due to maintenance or repair work that requires de-energizing power lines.

Possible Mail Delays

Some Midland Power Cooperative members have reported experiencing delays with the USPS’s delivery of August power invoices mailed to members in September. We are working with both our mail processor and the USPS to resolve this situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Current invoices indicate a due date of 10/5/20 and past due balances (bills not paid in full last month) are due 9/28/20.

Derecho Brings Destruction

On Monday, Aug. 10, a devastating derecho windstorm, with winds nearing 140 miles per hour in some places, carved a path of unprecedented destruction throughout central and east-central Iowa. Broken trees and limbs, along with other windswept debris, caused extensive damage to electric transmission and distribution systems throughout several counties. 

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