Controlled rotating outages protect the power grid

Demand for electricity is driven largely by outdoor temperatures. When it is really cold or really hot, home heating/cooling systems work much harder to maintain indoor temperatures. As a result, power consumption can approach record levels during extreme temperatures.

When this happens, the electric cooperative’s power provider may take steps to manage consumption of electricity and to avoid overloading and damaging power lines and other grid equipment.

About rotating outages

Electric utilities implement controlled rotating outages to manage power demand during periods of high usage and prevent damage to equipment on the power grid, which could cause much longer and more widespread outages.

During rotating outages, power is shut off briefly to a group of homes and businesses. Then, their power is restored, while power is briefly shut off to different group of homes and businesses. This procedure will repeat across the cooperative’s service area on a rotating schedule until the risk to the grid has passed.

By managing demand, electric utilities avoid overloading grid equipment, which could damage the equipment, leading to widespread uncontrolled outages lasting hours or even days.

We understand even a temporary outage can be uncomfortable, but implementing rotating outages now will reduce the chance of longer, more widespread outages.