LP&L Urges Conservation As Energy Emergency Alert Is Lifted
The worst may be behind Lubbock Power and Light and the Southwest Power Pool. With high temperatures expected to be well above freezing over the next seven days and with low temperatures no where near as cold as we've seen it lately, the regional grid seems to be stabilizing.
According to a press release from Lubbock Power and Light, the Southwest Power Pool has removed the Energy Emergency Alert but temperatures are supposed to get cold tonight and to make sure the grid remains stable, Lubbock Power and Light continues to ask people to conserve energy when they can.
While the SPP is no longer under EEA, LP&L and area electric providers continue to urge customers to conserve electricity for the next 24 hours as the winter storm is expected to dissipate moving into Friday. LP&L’s locally owned electric grid is performing well and shows no sign of being overloaded as record demand continues to put a heavy strain on the grid at home and across the region.
Extreme weather conditions and curtailed power generation in this region of the country caused electric reserve margins to reach a critical point on Tuesday requiring SPP to instruct all utilities in the regional power grid to perform controlled rotating outages. LP&L customers experienced these rotating outages for fifteen minutes early Monday afternoon and from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Outside of these mandated rotating outages, customers experienced small-scattered outages throughout the past three days as the winter storm caused damage to equipment both on the LP&L grid and the adjacent Xcel Energy grid which feeds into our system.
Hopefully, ERCOT is moving forward as well and more Texans can enjoy power, water, and heat this weekend.