Conway Corp customers experiencing controlled outages
Due to extreme winter conditions and record power usage, Conway Corp was forced to implement our emergency electric curtailment plan at 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 16. Approximately 6,800 Conway Corp customers experienced short-term, rotating power curtailments. Curtailments began at 8:02 p.m. and were discontinued at 9:20 p.m.
Conway Corp issued the controlled outages at the request of our power supply reliability partner, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). If persistent low temperatures and high demand continue, MISO could order additional power outages if needed to balance power demand with availability. You can help by lowering your energy usage.
“The system has a lot of factors stressing it right now,” Conway Corp Power Supply Director Michael Chapman said. “This is a regional event with neighboring systems also under stress. In addition, the natural gas market is volatile, there is a lack of dispatchable power generation resources and the record cold weather across multiple states, bulk equipment at generating sites and fuel supplies in our region were not designed to operate at these extreme temperatures.”
“Conway Corp began asking customers to voluntarily reduce usage on Monday evening, then received notice on Tuesday evening that we must drop 6-megawatts of our load forcing us to implement the short-term curtailment plan in order to avoid major power delivery issues,” CEO Bret Carroll said.
Conway Corp operates the local distribution system. Electricity is fed to us through a bulk electric transmission system. “We have an agreement with our local balancing authority in order to be part of the transmission system,” Chapman said. “As a part of that agreement, we must comply when they request that we reduce our electric load.”
Conway Corp continues to ask customers to voluntarily reduce their electric usage and is working with regional transmission operators to address current issues.