By Leif M. Wright
The persistent cold weather has saddled Muskogee with other areas’ power problems this morning, and has led the power grid managers to demand Muskogee implement rolling blackouts at a time when power is critical to everyone.
With temperatures currently six below zero and a winter storm expected later, Muskogeeans can’t rely on their heaters, because blackouts could strike at any time.
The problem is a shortage of natural gas at other power stations on the grid. Muskogee’s coal-fired plant isn’t having any problems; but with those other natural-gas fired plants suffering, Muskogee must help make up for the shortage, which means taking power from Muskogee homes and distributing it to homes outside the area.
“We’ve been directed by Southwest Power Pool to initiate temporary service interruptions to manage regional system load and avoid protracted power outages,” OG&E said on Twitter. “It is urgent we all do our part to conserve power to help the region navigate this current situation and minimize further interruptions.”
The utility suggested setting thermostats to 68 degrees, avoid using major appliances and turning off lights and appliances that you do not need and are not using.