Due to the current widespread and extreme cold weather conditions, East River Electric Power Cooperative is asking those within its distribution electric cooperatives and municipal electric systems in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota to conserve energy throughout the next two days.
East River’s membership and other market participants throughout the Southwest Power Pool region are being asked to conserve energy to mitigate the risk of widespread and extended outages throughout the region. All electric cooperative consumers in the region are affected by this event.
The Southwest Power Pool is a regional transmission organization that oversees the bulk electric grid and wholesale power market in the central U.S. on behalf of a diverse group of utilities and transmission companies in seventeen states. East River is a transmission owner in SPP.
Some ways to conserve energy include turning your thermostat down a few degrees, delaying the use of large appliances and turning off unnecessary lights.