Des Moines, IA – Weather maps show 73-percent of the country has snow cover and Iowans are well aware of how the prolonged subzero temperatures are causing trouble, especially with home heating demands. Iowa’s largest utility is asking residents to voluntarily conserve natural gas by lowering thermostats a few degrees. MidAmerican Energy spokesman Geoff Greenwood says things are simply “not normal” right now.
The Des Moines-based utility has not experienced any widespread outages like in Texas, where some four-million homes are without power. Greenwood says even small adjustments to your thermostat will help to make sure natural gas remains available.
Some smaller power cooperatives in Iowa have been warning customers of the potential for rolling blackouts that may last 45 minutes in order to keep the system up and running.
MidAmerican has about 795-thousand electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 775-thousand natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. While natural gas demand rises, a news release from Alliant Energy says it, too, is projecting sufficient supply to meet the needs of natural gas and electric customers. Forecasters say temperatures will gradually rise over the next several days, pushing into the 30s by this weekend.
Area Electric Cooperative Websites
- Heartland Power Coop (Serving portions of Floyd, Mitchell, Worth & Chickasaw Co)
- Butler Co. REC (Serving portions of Chickasaw, Floyd, Butler & Bremer Co)
- MiEnergy Coop (Serving portions of Chickasaw, Howard, Winneshiek Co)
- Allamakee-Clayton Electric Coop (Serving portions of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette Co)