The City of Independence Utilities, as a part of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), continues to participate in mandatory rolling power outages as requested by Pool administrators. Independence customers began seeing a second series of outages this morning at approximately 7 a.m., the City was asked to begin shedding part of its electrical load. The rolling outages lasted from 7 a.m. until approximately 10 a.m. with up to 6,000 customers impacted at a time for 20-30 minute periods. In total, 29,000 electrical customers were impacted so far today. Approximately 4,500 customers were without power between noon and 2 p.m. yesterday.
It is important to note further outages may be required as demand on the system ebbs and flows throughout the day with the most likely periods of midday and early evening when people are home preparing meals and doing other household chores.
Everyone is strongly encouraged to continue energy conservation efforts such as turning thermostats to 65-68 degrees, keep unnecessary electronics unplugged and waiting to do laundry until later tonight.
To answer many questions from customers and citizens within the City a series of Frequently Asked Questions has been developed and can be found here indep.us/rollingoutagesfeb21
The warming center at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center has also been extended through Thursday, Feb. 18. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 through Feb. 18.