Public Service Announcement: Possible Outage Update

On Tuesday morning at 6:15am, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) declared an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 3. The emergency alert means that electric generation in the region is not sufficient to meet the extreme and widespread demand for electricity. Brookings Municipal Utilities is aware that some communities in South Dakota have been affected by temporary power outages, or rolling blackouts. These rolling blackouts are coordinated by the Reliability Coordinator of SPP and are necessary to reduce load on the electric system to protect the larger electric grid from longer, more sustained outages.

BMU has been put on standby by SPP that a similar Energy Emergency Alert may occur on Wednesday morning. There is a low probability that rolling blackouts will be required in Brookings, but we are preparing for the possible scenario and doing everything we can to minimize that likelihood. Unfortunately, BMU has no control over these decisions and want customers to be prepared for the possibility of an outage Wednesday morning. We ask that everybody do their best to conserve energy for at least the next 48 hours. A few effective methods for reducing energy include turning down the heat, delaying the use of the dishwasher or clothes washer/dryer, and shutting off any unnecessary space heaters or lights in your home.

If we all work together, hopefully we can prevent outages during this extreme cold event. We will continue to diligently monitor the situation and keep you as informed as possible.

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