SPP once again asks Oklahomans to save energy, states Energy Emergency Alert Level 2
Updated: 7:54 PM CST Feb 17, 2021
My name is Mike Ross, senior vice president for government affairs and public relations. That Little Rock Bay Southwest power pool, uh, is a lot of, you understand, SPP manages the electrical grid and hotel electorate market prepares transmission for all or part of the 14 states was among seven regional transmission companies designated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the United States. Um, we appreciate your interest and your involvement. Aziz, we handle this winter season weather condition event, I would state, an unmatched winter season weather condition occasion where weve had, uh, temperatures listed below absolutely no throughout our whole 14 state region. Were signed up with today by Barbara Suck, the president and ceo and also Lannie Nickel, who is the executive vice president and chief running officer and our existing status. Um, the bright side is were in energy emergency alert Level one no coordinated momentary disturbance of service Today, nevertheless, we are continuing with public interest conserve energy. Definitely not out of the woods yet on with that, Ill turn to Barbara Sugg, the president CEO of Southwest Power Pool, for some remarks. Thanks, Mike. And thanks everybody that joined us today. I know its been a trying week for everybody and for all of you and for all of your consumers and your next-door neighbors. And, um, you know, we This has actually been an extremely extraordinary week, and I know people are tired of the word unmatched, however it does truly use here. The temperatures, the load, the entire circumstance has just been a real obstacle for everyone, of course. You know, cut off loads, uh, regulated interruptions like weve had to call on these last two days, the other day and the day in the past. Yeah, I mentioned this the other day. These air, these air things that we decisions that we dont take gently. Theres not a single megawatt that is not important to us. Theres not a single customer or client of our member companies that is trivial to us. And so you understand, certainly any type of an interruption is a last ditch effort to protect the integrity of the transmission grid on to really prevent what might be a truly dire scenario, where we have widespread blackouts that air unchecked and destructive to the system, and after that it takes a great deal of time thio to bring individuals back on it is always regrettable, um, toe ever. You know, for any energy business ever toe need to take a failure, an intentional blackout with their clients. And we havent We havent remained in this boat in the past, and were fortunate that we hadnt been in this boat before where we needed to take blackouts or or, uh, give orders to provide to take interruptions within our area. Since we do every single thing we can do to try to avoid getting to the stage where an outage is needed, Eso Its so its been trying for us. Please understand that failures that are taken are absolutely essential to secure the grid. At that point in time when the conditions were such that too much load, it is devastating. Um, so Mike mentioned were still in an energy emergency situation alert. Level one, there are three levels. I believe Lanny will probably review that a bit more. Um, however level one truly is simply, uh it is the most affordable level. Thats good. The highest level is a 3 on that. Ultimately is where we start seeing the need basically, anyway, that needs thio. Call for disruptions. Yeah, E for ongoing conservation, um, switching off some lights and perhaps running the dishwashing machine at a different time or doing laundry at a various time. Uh, when the load is truly high. I am absolutely favorable that those conservation efforts assisted to minimize the amount of time that we actually were in these blackout scenarios. Um, so we likewise collaborate with a lot of individuals. Therefore another factor that weve had the ability to reduce these windows of failure periods long a small as we have, is through the coordination with all of our member companies, Uh, and the coordination that they have with all of you, the preservation efforts, the work that we do with the energy providers, the relationships that we have with the energy companies and neighboring regions outside of Southwest effective that may have extra generation at anyone offered time that they can that they can, you know, fill into our region. And we can import that and help to cover all of those types of collaborated occasions and deal with our neighbors has played a big role in us being ableto limitation these blackouts to the times that we have actually limited them. Were not out of the woods yet. The deep freeze is still here. Um, it is still in a you understand, were still in a scenario where across our 14 state footprint, we have higher loads than we would ever have it this time of year. And, um, that presents challenges for us that were still working through. Im very happy with not just our team, however all of you. Uh, and how people have actually stepped up to help, uh, in minimizing the potential outcomes. So with that, Ill pass it back to Mike, and Ill stay to assist address any concerns that you might have it. The end. Thank you. Thanks, Barbara. And up next is Lannie Nickel or executive Vice president and chief running officer at Southwest Power Pool. Lenny. Well, thank you, Mike. And you understand, I do not actually desire to go all the method back, Thio about a week and a half back, when we truly began to, um, start taking note and preparing for this winter occasion, Um, I will I will go due to the fact that a lot of youve already heard that, but I will go back to really Sunday early morning which is when we issued our very first statement of an energy, um er emergency alert, which was a level one at the time. When we start to ask our member energies to ask their clients to save energy, thats. And those public appeals in my mind were really handy. I believe we saw, um, practically immediate effect due to the fact that by the time Monday early morning rolled around, which is when we were projecting a peak of over 45,000 megawatts for winter season conditions, we in fact ended up on Lee experience in 43,000, a little over 43,000 megawatts. So almost a 2000 megawatt reduction that I think largely can be associated to the truth that consumers started to willingly reduce their use. And, uh which was certainly valuable to us. Um, as you remember, uh, if youve been taking notice of these interview over the last couple of days, we did ultimately on Monday need to start issuing directions to our energy members to, uh, start performing their emergency prepare for rotating disturbances of service. Uh, that on Monday, uh, that call for disturbances of service throughout the area. The 14 state area Onley amounted to about 1.5% of our regional consumption at that time. Uh, and it lasted for 50 minutes. Uh, Tuesday we started with a little more, uh, of severe event, due to the fact that load consumption was expected to be greater that day. As you understand, temperature levels across the footprint continued to drop and we were projecting even greater load for Tuesday. And as an outcome of that, in addition to other events occurring across the system generation not being as offered as it had actually been on Monday, um And then, uh, imports that we have actually been blessed to trust Monday werent quite as great as, uh on Tuesday. And so we ended up having Thio concern regulations to disrupt about 6.5% of our load on Tuesday, which lasted about 3 hours and 21 minutes. Uh, these air actions we do not wish to take weve weve said that well continue to remind you the these air last hope actions weve taken all other actions damage. Do we? We direct all offered generation that can come online to come online way, direct them to do that and purchase fuel no matter what that cost is, um, way direct and ask for support from our neighbors and, uh, and we do all of that. At the very same time, were attempting to make sure that supply and demand are balanced and at the very same time, while attempting to ensure that transmission system facilities is being effectively handled within safe operating limits, Um, and but at the point when need goes beyond supply, we need to correct that. We have to do it almost instantly because if we dont, the system will start to instantly remedy that for us. And when that takes place, cascading blackouts occurred when a generator trips offline since it needs to do that to avoid additional damage that will have an effect to other generators on the system. Those generators begin to journey, and as Mawr and Mawr generators begin to trip in, an unrestrained style load can no longer be served. And we had absolutely nothing we can do at that point. Toe take place when that starts. It happens in milliseconds and manual operators can. I mean, we simply cant intervene manually. Operators cant stop that when we get to that point. Whatever weve done has been done to safeguard versus farm or severe occasions from occurring that effect many more customers and impact them in a much deeper MAWR impactful longer long lasting method. Um, 30 minutes of our 50 minutes of blackout on Monday, 3 hours and 21 minutes of interruption on Tuesday that impacted as much as 6.5% of our load. Um, you know, that was that was doing whatever we could do to try to continue to keep the lights on for as many individuals as we might in a really accountable method, as Mike mentioned today, Um, today has actually been much better, and we hope that continues. Um, and we hope that continues through tomorrow. It it appears based on our finest projections, that we could very well remain in an emergency alert level to tonight again, on a level two does not suggest were gon na shed load. Its just merely, uh, emphasizing the need for consumers to voluntarily reduce usage. We could really well be there later on tonight. And, uh, and throughout the night, um and then possibly early into the early morning tomorrow, we do hope by the end of the day tomorrow that, uh, you understand, given weather and load continuing to drop that we could extremely, extremely well be out of this situation completely on and want to see that by Friday Were going to continue to do the best we can. And were working a zwelling we can with our members. I know they have actually been talking with us, Uh, simply every hour, every practically every minute. We talked to them, and, uh, and our next-door neighbors. And, uh, you know, without that interconnected system and network of next-door neighbors helping each other out, this circumstance might have been a lot worse. And I understand thats thats difficult to hear if youve been affected by it. And I dont we do not want anyone to be impacted by it. However if you have actually been, I know thats hard to hear. This could have been even worse, however it But it might be. I imply, thats simply the truth of the scenario that could have been worse. And were continuing to deal with. It will continue to attempt to make this a Z painless as possible, and we hope to run out it really quickly.
SPP once again asks Oklahomans to conserve energy, declares Energy Emergency Alert Level 2
Upgraded: 7:54 PM CST Feb 17, 2021
Um, the good news is were in energy emergency situation alert Level one no coordinated short-term disturbance of service Today, however, we are continuing with public appeals to conserve energy. And so you understand, certainly any type of an outage is a last ditch effort to secure the stability of the transmission grid on to actually prevent what might be a truly alarming situation, where we have widespread blackouts that air uncontrolled and harmful to the system, and then it takes a lot of time thio to bring people back on it is constantly regrettable, um, toe ever. Um, but level one truly is simply, uh it is the most affordable level. And you understand, I dont truly want to go all the method back, Thio about a week and a half back, when we really began to, um, begin paying attention and preparing for this cold weather event, Um, I will I will go because a lot of youve currently heard that, however I will go back to actually Sunday morning which is when we issued our first statement of an energy, um er emergency situation alert, which was a level one at the time. Um, you know, that was that was doing whatever we could do to attempt to continue to keep the lights on for as lots of people as we might in a really accountable way, as Mike mentioned today, Um, today has been much better, and we hope that continues.
As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, OG&E officials stated there are no power interruptions on their system.”This might alter at any time as extreme cold weather condition in the region, combined with the high need for natural gas, continues,” OG&E authorities said in a news release.
At 6:20 p.m. CT on Feb. 17, SPP declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level 2, which requires SPP to direct its member companies to issue public conservation appeals. The alert will remain in result up until further notification. pic.twitter.com/3pvtbVNvoh— Southwest Power Pool (@SPPorg) February 18, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY– The Southwest Power Pool once again has asked Oklahomans to conserve electrical power after stating an Energy Emergency Alert Level 2. The increase to Level 2 went to effect at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, hours after the Southwest Power Pool decreased it to Level 1.
” We continue to prompt all houses and companies throughout our 14-state region to save electrical energy, but are not directing any disturbances of service at this time,” Southwest Power Pool officials stated in a news release. “The public should follow their company directions regarding regional outages, ideas for conservation and safety.”
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The Southwest Power Pool again has asked Oklahomans to conserve electrical power after stating an Energy Emergency Alert Level 2. The increase to Level 2 went to effect at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, hours after the Southwest Power Pool reduced it to Level 1.” As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, OG&E officials said there are no power blackouts on their system.