MiEnergy has issued another Peak Alert due to high demand for electricity on the regional grid with the frigid temperatures impacting north Iowa and southern Minnesota this week.
The Cooperative is calling for electricity conservation from 6:55 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1st. MiEnergy notes that elevated peak demand leads to higher power costs during the Peak Alert. Members can help keep rates stable and affordable by conserving electricity during the Peak Alert period. Members enrolled in Interruptible Heating/Dual Fuel will have their heating equipment managed during this time. Additional details can be found online at www.mienergy.coop/load-control-status.
A merger of Hawkeye REC, of Cresco and Tri-County Electric Cooperative, of Rushford, Minnesota, MiEnergy maintains 5,500 miles of power lines covering most of Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties in Minnesota and Chickasaw, Howard and Winneshiek counties in Iowa, plus small pockets bordering those counties. The cooperative provides electricity to more than 19,000 members in northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota.
This is the fifth Peak Alert the cooperative has issued this week due to below-normal cold temps, including with overnight temperatures that dipped to between 15 and 20 below zero in many locations Tuesday morning coupled with wind chills as cold as 30-below.