Parish Urges Electricity Conservation During Winter Weather Event

From St. Tammany Parish Government:

Please see an important message about electricity usage during this Winter weather.

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has declared a Maximum Generation Emergency Event due to forced generation outages and below normal temperatures. The entire State of Louisiana and every electric utility company’s consumers are being asked to curtail electricity usage to relieve the demand.

Due to MISO’s notice, our supplier Cleco Cajun (LaGen) is requesting WSTE to appeal to our members to reduce usage.

All members must reduce their usage from 5:00pm -10:00pm (peak hours) in an effort to prevent a forced rolling outage tonight.

This is an advanced notice!!  If the grid becomes dangerously overloaded and at risk the next step will be an immediate power outage from one or more substations. The directive of areas affected does not come from WSTE but our supplier. 

IF we can not achieve the critical reductions necessary in this emergency, a forced outage would be the next step. We will not be able to tell you where until we are informed. Once the outage occurs it usually takes about an hour or two to slowly bring each area back up.

Please prepare now and help us prevent a forced outage. Below are steps you can take:

  • Lower your thermostat to at least 68 degrees or lower.
  • Delay household chores such as laundry and running the dishwasher.
  • Unplug unnecessary appliances.
  • Close blinds and shades on windows.

Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany, here. This is the Parish-wide emergency notification system for St. Tammany Parish Government. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.