Emergency Energy Action Plan
Region operators of the electric grid are projecting an elevated risk of electricity shortages in our area.
These projections are due to:
-Warmer than normal forecasted temperatures.
-Greater amounts of intermittent renewable generation, such as wind and solar, in the current power supply mix that may not be available when needed.
- Retirements of fossil-fueled power plants that are no longer available to fill the gap when the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine.
-Public policy driving the pace of change to clean energy faster than new technologies can be developed to fill the gap.
Electricity is a unique product in the fact that the generation of electricity must be kept in balance with the usage of electricity at all times. Under normal conditions, regional grid operators ramp generators up or down to match the demand for electricity. If the demand for electricity outpaces supply, then grid operators may issue an Energy Alert or even an Energy Emergency Alert to balance the electric system to avoid catastrophic failure of the grid.
Ensure that you are signed up with Wilkin County to receive “CodeRED Alerts” as this will be the primary method of communication should these alerts be necessary.
Energy Alert :
During an Energy Alert, we will ask you, our customers, to reduce your energy use as much as possible to help us avoid outages.
Here are some ways you can help reduce power load:
-If you have your own generator, see the included generator safety sheet for safety tips.
-During Summertime – close window curtains and blinds to reduce thermal heat from the sun and adjust the thermostat in your home to reduce air conditioner energy consumption.
-Shut off any unnecessary lights and equipment.
-Delay using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dishwashers until later in the evening.
-Minimize entry into freezers and refrigerators.
Energy Emergency Alert :
If the reduced power load from the Energy Alert (above) and other measures are not successful, the regional grid operator may issue an Energy Emergency and require that utilities initiate a series of controlled temporary outages, or rolling blackouts, to maintain the stability of the electric grid. In that situation, Breckenridge Public Utilities will be required to methodically shut off electrical circuits in the community until we meet the load reduction requirement from our power supplier.
Here are some suggestions to consider while putting together your personal power outage plan:
-Consider protecting electronics against potential power surges when power is restored.
-Familiarize yourself on manual operation of your automatic garage door opener.
-Monitor sump pit water levels and have a plan if needing to deal with rising water.
-Have flashlights available.
-Reduce water consumption to help prevent possible sewer backup.