JACKSON, miss. (AP) – Our Reliability Coordinator, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), today demanded that Cooperative Energy ask our end users to reduce their power consumption until further notice. This request was made in an effort to minimize the burden on the electrical system due to the extreme temperatures that have caused a critical power shortage in the south-central region of the United States.

At this time, system conditions have improved so much that MISO has discontinued the requirement for limited use and end users can resume normal electrical usage. Thank you for your attention and for your help.

Cooperative Energy is Mississippi's sole non-profit wholesale electricity supplier. In this role, Cooperative Energy generates and transmits power to 11 distribution systems located in the southern and western parts of the state. Cooperative Energy and its 11 member cooperatives provide electricity to more than 427,000 homes and businesses across the state.

ORIGINAL: A regional power grid manager calls on customers in most parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and part of eastern Texas to reduce power consumption until further notice, as demand is higher than projected.

Mississippis Cooperative Energy forwarded the request to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator on Saturday afternoon. The company, known as MISO, supplies electricity to customers in all or part of 15 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba.

If supply fails to meet demand, utilities, including Entergy Corp., Cleco Corp. and cooperatives resort to blackouts.

MISO says that some power plants have failed and the temperatures are high.

Utilities recommend that customers reduce the use of air conditioning, delay laundry, do the dishes, bath and cook. Customers can turn off unnecessary lights and equipment. Requests exclude customers with medical needs.



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