COLUMBUS – It’s been 5 years since electricity users have been asked to cut back their use, but NPPD is asking all electricity users to be aware, in case the need arises again.
NPPD Media Supervisor Mark Becker says in 2012, temperatures remained steadily of 100 degrees for multiple days with little wind, forcing them to ask customers to voluntarily cut back on some of their electricity use.
“We had temperatures, even at 11 o’clock at night of roughly 110 degrees. We had no input of energy coming into the system from other points, typically from wind farms those evenings,” says Becker.
Becker says the areas where they would ask for relief are divided into 8 zones. The largest section covers a majority of north-central and northeastern Nebraska (See the map below).
“Every year, NPPD plans for the potential of needing to have some emergency relief on our transmission systems. That’s when we have to go out to the public and ask them to conserve energy. That’s residential customers, small businesses, industrial customers, irrigators. Ask them to back off using electricity, except for anything that’s essential,” says Becker.
Becker says when this goes into effect, they will have the messages posted across multiple media outlets across the coverage area.
You can check out the TERM map from NPPD below.