Magic Valley Electric Cooperative is asking electric consumers to limit energy consumption this evening during the hours of 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and tomorrow morning from 6:00 am to 9:00 am.
“The cold weather continues to affect our electric equipment, resulting in equipment failures and blown fuses” said Phillip Amaya, Technical Services Division Manager. “We are asking consumers throughout the Rio Grande Valley region to reduce their electricity use as much as possible today.”
Consumers can help ensure the system continues to operate properly and meet energy needs by taking the following steps to reduce energy demand:
- Turn down your thermostat to 68° in the daytime and 55° at night or when you’re away from home.
- Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
- Wear additional layers of clothing while indoors to keep warm.
- Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary.
- Limit use of large appliances such as dryers, dishwashers and washing machines
- Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
- Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity consuming equipment as much as possible.
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, MVEC had approximately 22 members without power. Those numbers are expected to fluctuate overnight as temperatures are expected to dip into the low 30s overnight and into the early hours of Thursday morning.
MVEC crews will be on standby overnight to respond to outages throughout our system.