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Posted on: February 15, 2021

Altus Required to Implement Mandatory Power Reductions

Altus, OK — February 15, 2021 — Citizens and businesses serviced by Altus Power may experience controlled rotating electric service interruptions of approximately one to two hours at a time due to generation usage that has exceeded available resources. The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), the entity that provides electricity to Altus Power, alerted city officials today that the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the regulatory authority for our region, has declared a level 3 Energy Emergency Alert (EEA3) for all cities serviced by OMPA.

An EEA3 signals that SPP is operating with reserves below the required minimum and means that SPP must direct power suppliers to curtail energy use through controlled interruptions of service. The request to curtail usage has been made at this time.

OMPA asks that we urge all of our electric customers to understand “the severity of this issue” and “ask industrial, commercial, and residential utility customers to conserve as much electricity and natural gas as they can for at least the next 48 hours.”

The emergency response is a result of a number of factors, including: long-lasting and extreme cold weather, high electricity usage across the entire region, an inadequate supply of natural gas, and a low supply of wind generation. On Monday, the region, as a whole, set a new record for winter peak load.

During this time, customers with power are urged to continue to reduce electricity and natural gas usage as much as possible. They can do so by taking the following steps requested by OMPA:

  • Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits
  • Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, and clothes dryers until the demand for electricity decreases
  • Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using, and
  • Keep doors, windows and blinds shut to retain heat in houses

The City of Altus and Altus Power will continue to share information on this critical energy issue as we receive it. We ask that you please follow guidance and conserve energy and natural gas, as possible.

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