MISO cancels request for cooperative energy members to lower energy usage

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Earlier today, our reliability coordinator, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) requested that Cooperative Energy ask our end users to curtail their electricity usage until further notice. This request was made in an effort to minimize strain on the electric system due to the severe temperatures which have been causing a critical shortage of electricity in the south central United States region.

At this time, system conditions have improved such that MISO has canceled the request for limited usage and end users may resume normal electric usage. Thank you for your consideration and for your help.

Cooperative Energy serves as the only not-for-profit wholesale electric power provider headquartered in Mississippi. In this role, Cooperative Energy generates and transmits electricity for 11 Member distribution systems located in the southern and western portions of the state. Cooperative Energy and its 11 Member cooperatives provide power to more than 427,000 homes and business across the state.

ORIGINAL: A regional electricity grid manager is asking customers in most of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and a slice of eastern Texas to reduce power usage until further notice, saying demand is higher than forecast.

Mississippi's Cooperative Energy relayed the request Saturday afternoon from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator. The entity, known as MISO dispatches power to customers in all or part of 15 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba.

If supply doesn't meet demand, utilities including Entergy Corp., Cleco Corp. and cooperatives would have to resort to rolling blackouts.

MISO says some power plants are down and temperatures are high.

Utilities advise customers to decrease air conditioner use, delay laundry, dishwashing, bathing and cooking. Customers can turn off non-essential lights and appliances. Requests exclude customers with medical needs.