TORRINGTON – The city of Torrington has announced the energy emergency is no longer in effect, according to Torrington Clerk/Treasurer Lynette Strecker.
TORRINGTON – The city of Torrington is urgently asking customers to cut down on their power and natural gas usage to mitigate the risk of potential power outages due to extreme cold weather and increased regional demand.
Customers are urged to lower their thermostats by three degrees, unplug unnecessary appliances, close fireplace dampers and refrain from large appliance use as much as possible.
Our community’s wholesale power supplier, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) is a member of Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which oversees the power grid of an area stretching from Oklahoma to the Canadian border. SPP has declared Energy Emergency Alerts (EEA) that remain in effect until further notice. Due to widespread and extreme cold, worsening conditions are creating energy deficiencies in the region and may lead to controlled service interruptions.
Additionally, extremely high demand is causing wholesale electricity and natural gas prices to skyrocket. Conservation efforts and immediately reducing demand in our region is in everyone’s best interest. The city of Torrington appreciates our customers’ assistance in conserving electricity and natural gas to help mitigate grid interruptions during these extremely cold conditions.
From Black Hills Energy
As current artic conditions continue to impact large sections of the country, we’re closely monitoring the situation to ensure the impact on homes and businesses is minimized.
“To date, our system has performed as intended. We have worked to ensure homes stay warm, but we need your help,” said Mark Stege, Vice President of Operations for Wyoming. “There are steps you can take today to minimize the financial burden and reduce increased energy use generated by these frigid temperatures.”
Here are some tips to keep your family warm while the demand for energy is so high:
Black Hills Energy also realizes increased nationwide usage could result in higher bills, and there are a number of resources available to support customers:
“There has been widespread energy demand across the country, and our reliable system and team is ready to respond to the historic cold. We applaud and appreciate the businesses who have scaled down their energy usage to allow more capacity for homes. They’ve set a good example of steps we can all take to ensure we’re collectively resilient through this storm.
We appreciate all energy conservation efforts that can be made during these periods of extreme cold. While we always work to ensure affordable, reliable energy, please be aware that higher energy demands will likely impact your energy bill. Collectively, the steps we can all take to limit our energy usage while staying safe will help keep the energy affordable.
As a safety reminder, never use grills or cooking appliances to heat your home and be sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors. Click here for additional safety tips and for all your energy needs, visit blackhillsenergy.com or give us a call at 888-890-5554.