With arctic temperatures hovering in the area – and a low near minus 10 Monday night – Evergy announced rolling black outs Feb. 15 with planned, scattered outages so the power grid could keep up with demand.
There were no such outages planned for Gardner, which owns its own utility.
“Earlier today, Evergy announced that they were implementing rolling blackouts of 30-60 minutes for their customers to minimize the chance for uncontrolled blackouts due to system demands,” Gardner announced in a statement. “The City of Gardner is not on the Evergy grid; therefore, the blackouts will not impact Gardner utility customers. However, we have been notified by our utility partners that there has been a dramatic increase in the cost of natural gas and generation of electric power due to the extreme cold weather. This means Gardner utility customers will experience a temporary but substantial increase in their utility costs for the next several days. During this time, we strongly encourage customers to conserve gas and electricity when possible to try to help mitigate this increase. Thank you for your understanding. We will provide additional information as it becomes available to us.”
Evergy’s planned planned blackouts effected several area communities in the greater metro area.
In a statement Evergy had announced: “Beginning on February 15 at 12:15 p.m., Evergy will begin to turn off electricity to blocks of customers for approximately 30 – 60 minutes. Once the period has concluded, power will be restored to the impacted area. The emergency outages will then rotate to another portion of Evergy’s service area. Power will cycle off and on periodically until the reduction is no longer required by the SPP. With these extreme cold temperatures, equipment may not operate as intended. As a result, outages could last longer than 30 – 60 minutes.”
Evergy also suggested customers conserve.”Evergy asks customers to continue to conserve energy to help reduce stress on the power grid, potentially reducing the ongoing need for emergency reductions.
• Turn thermostats a little cooler (65-68 degrees). Avoid the use of electric space heaters.
• Close blinds and shades to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
• When possible, delay non-essential uses of energy washing drying clothes, washing dishes and bathing to non-peak hours, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
• Use low-temperature cooking methods and avoid opening the oven door if it’s on.
Evergy is also working with its large commercial and industrial customers to reduce energy usage this week. The company has reduced electricity use at Evergy facilities, implemented cold-weather procedures, and adapted operations at its power plants to keep equipment working and fuel available to generate electricity for customers.”