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.  

Southern Pioneer Electric H.U.G.S. Grant Helps USD 254 Build Outdoor Multi-Purpose Area

Representatives of Southern Pioneer Electric presents employees of USD 254 with a check for $1,800 courtesy of the company’s H.U.G.S. (Helping Us Give To Society) Program on Wednesday, January 6. The district will utilize the funds to continue the construction of its outdoor multi-purpose space. The space will be a permanent part of the grade school campus in Medicine Lodge.

“The space will be shaded and protected from weather,” said Becky Catlin, student support coordinator. “This space will allow our teachers to move their classrooms outside occasionally to engage students in a more interactive setting suitable for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)  activities, as well as allow us to spread out our students for a more comfortable and healthy lunch experience.”

The space will feature a structure to supply shade and shelter from weather, benches, storage and tables. Landscaping will also be added to help create a welcoming environment for students, staff and the public.

“This space is truly a space for the entire community,” said Dee Longoria, energy services coordinator for Southern Pioneer Electric. “The area will give teachers access to a great outdoor classroom; but also provide a space for community members and visiting schools to enjoy during sports and other recreational activities.”

Funds for the H.U.G.S. program are made possible when materials like pieces of steel, copper and aluminum are taken out of service and recycled. Over time, the recycled funds can accumulate. As funds become available, Southern Pioneer Electric seeks out projects within its service territory focused on community improvement to fund.