LES prepared for rolling blackouts Wednesday

Lincoln Electric System is preparing for the possibility of potential rolling blackouts Wednesday. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Electric System is preparing for the possibility of potential rolling blackouts Wednesday.

A LES spokeswoman told Channel 8 Eyewtiness News they have been in recent communication with the Southwest Power Pool about moving to an Energy Alert Level 3, but no decision had been made as of 9 a.m.

An EEA Level 3 brings the possibility of controlled service interruptions (rolling blackouts.)

“LES hasn’t received confirmation but is prepared should we receive a request to shed load,” the spokeswoman said. “Our map will be available for customers to view outage locations.”

The Nebraska Public Power District said Wednesday morning SPP will be moving to an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 at 9 a.m.

“We will have very little, if any, notice of where these interruptions may take place,” NPPD said. “Please prepare for outages lasting 45 minutes or longer.”

A SPP spokesman said SPP is at an EEA Level 2 from a regional perspective.

He said it’s possible SPP will enter an EEA3 if available generation dips or other variables interrupt our ability to keep supply and load balanced.

“It’s possible that NPPD and LES are experiencing different local conditions, but SPP wouldn’t be able to comment on those or what steps those conditions have led each individual utility to take in response,” the spokesman said.

NPPD said at 10:15 a.m. that there “had been anticipation” that SPP would move to Level 3, but so far there hasn’t been any interruption of service.
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