ALERT: Due to the current widespread and extreme cold weather conditions, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is requesting the region’s consumers to conserve energy to help reduce the demands on the power grid. SPP is a regional transmission organization that oversees the bulk electric grid and wholesale power market in the central United States on behalf of a diverse group of utilities and transmission companies in 17 states. East River Electric Power Cooperative is a transmission owner in SPP and Basin Electric Power Cooperative is an SPP market participant. East River Electric’s membership includes 24 distribution electric cooperatives and one municipal electric system in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.
East River’s membership and other market participants throughout the SPP region have been called upon by SPP to conserve energy beginning at midnight central time on Monday, Feb. 15 for 48 hours to mitigate the risk of widespread and extended outages throughout our region. All electric cooperative consumers in our region are affected by this event.
Tips to conserve energy include turning your thermostat down a few degrees, delaying the use of large appliances and turning off unnecessary lights. Please contact your local electric cooperative for additional ways to conserve energy.