EEA Suspended – Consumers Encourages to Conserve

Thank you to all of our consumers who worked to conserve energy this week. We are no longer in an Energy Emergency Alert of any level.
Even without an emergency alert, it remains important that consumers continue to conserve energy to their best ability. This will aid in keeping the entire 14-state system in balance until temperatures and the price of natural gas normalize. Market prices for electricity remain high. Conservation efforts can help reduce your cost of electricity. We don’t expect these conditions to last a long period of time.
Conservation efforts can be as simple as remembering to turn off lights or unplug electronics when not in use and avoiding energy-hungry chores such as laundry or running the dishwasher during peak energy use times (7 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.).
At this time, we don’t know how this event will affect consumers’ bills. Once we understand the total impact, we will work to inform our consumers.

EEA Update February 16, 2021

We are expecting to see another increased potential for rolling outages early this evening and tomorrow morning. We anticipate the highest probability for outages will be early tomorrow morning (during the 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. peak hours) and could require multiple rounds of rolling outages. We want to provide an advanced warning on this potential. Please note this is a projected warning.

If rolling outages are implemented, please keep the following in mind:

  •  Southern Pioneer Electric does not select which members are subject to rolling outages and is given little to no warning when they may occur. Load-sheds are determined by the Southwest Power Pool and are based on load, not population.
  • Outages are expected to last 30-60 minutes but may last up to 90 minutes. If your outage extends beyond 90 minutes please contact our office at 620-356-1211 – Rolling outages are designed to help decrease the strain placed on the entire 14-state system due to high demand and a natural gas shortage created by freezing temperatures.

Our sincerest thanks to our consumers. This has been an unprecedented situation that has impacted many communities and states across the Midwest. We appreciate, and are humbled, by the support and understanding.

Southwest Power Pool Issues an Energy Emergency Alert Level Two for the Midwest

This weekend, the Southwest Power Pool issued a EEA Level Two for the 14-state region that makes up its territory.

Electric consumers in Kansas are requested to be very conservative with electricity usage starting now and continuing for the next few days. Sunflower Electric Power Corporation has been alerted that the 14-state region that comprises the Southwest Power Pool has moved to an Energy Emergency Alert Level Two due to the extreme weather conditions that are causing the tightening supplies of energy generation and natural gas. In an Energy Emergency Alert Level Two consumers are strongly urged to practice energy conservation methods.

Consumers can make an immediate impact by lowering their thermostats 2-4 degrees and avoiding the use of energy consuming appliances such as ovens and dryers. Follow Southern Pioneer for more information about the Energy Emergency Alert and for energy conservation tips.