Power Outages Possible as BPA Systems
Correction: Demand was well be low any "record demand" as discussed
in Power Committee Webinar of June 30, 2021 (e.g. minute 14:00 to 17:30)
BPA is asking Tri-Citians to conserve energy between 5-7 p.m. to avoid unplanned power outages.
The nonprofit federal power marketer posted the plea on its Facebook page at 4 p.m. Monday, June 28, noting that "our transmission system in the Tri-Cities area is experiencing record demand. We have room above the current system demand but suspect that energy use could be highest between 5-7 p.m."
Richland Energy Services has warned its customers of rolling outages if total load approaches maximum capacity.
Benton PUD reported it hit a new system peak of 451 MW over the weekend, up from 437 MW last July.
The Bonneville Power Administration already has taken steps to position the federal power and transmission system to serve customers during this week's record-breaking heat wave.
"We take our responsibility to provide reliable electricity to the consumer-owned utilities in the region very seriously," said BPA Administrator John Hairston in a release. "We are working hard to provide non-stop, reliable electricity this weekend to help residents and businesses stay cool and safe during the heat wave."
The National Weather Service in Pendleton warns that the region's very hot and dangerous triple-digit temperatures will continue through July 6 before temperatures cool slightly into the upper 90s.
BPA pointed to several steps it has taken to help to offset the usage load:
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