List of potential and current rolling blackouts

RAPID CITY, S.D. — At 6:28 p.m. Central time on Feb. 16, SPP declared an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Level 2. An EEA Level 2 requires SPP to direct its member companies to issue public conservation appeals. SPP’s forecasts anticipate that due to high load and persistent cold weather, it is likely its system will continue to fluctuate between EEA levels over the next 48 hours and may require issuance of controlled interruptions of service.

West River Electric Association stated in a post Tuesday night that there is a possibility that load-shedding will occur Wednesday morning, resulting in temporary outages in some locations. No specific areas have been listed; WREA says that the areas facing a rolling blackout will be selected based on the amount of energy that is required to be shed. WREA says its customers should have a 10-15 minute warning before power is disconnected.

Grand Electric Cooperative, Inc., based in Bison, S.D., announced on Facebook that their linemen will go back out on Wednesday to repair wind damage and restore power to customers currently in a blackout.

For the safety of our linemen, crews have been pulled in for the evening. They will go back out at 6:30am and begin…

Posted by Grand Electric Cooperative, Inc. on Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Butte Electric Cooperative announced a five to 15 minute planned outage in a Facebook post Tuesday Morning.

Co-op members connected to the Belle Fourche, Newell, Arpan, and Indian Creek Substations have since had their power fully restored.

UPDATE: All members should be fully restored with power! We appreciate everyone’s patience through this. If you are…

Posted by Butte Electric Cooperative, Inc. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Earlier Tuesday morning, West River Electric Association announced a rolling blackout for the Weston Heights area of Rapid City. Although service was restored, they warned of the possibility of further outages.

Lacreek Electric Association, serving Bennett, Jackson, Oglala Lakota, Todd, and Mellette Counties in South Dakota and Cherry County in Nebraska, announced on Monday evening the possibility of rolling blackouts for their service area. Customers were advised that potential time and length of the blackout was unknown.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, an outage in Wyoming resulted in 612 meters in rural Sheridan County to be without power for nearly two hours. The outage was caused by an equipment failure in a substation, where extreme cold affected a switch.

NewsCenter1 is contacting energy providers in West River South Dakota and around the Black Hills region to see if there are any further planned outages. Further updates and outage information will be listed on this page.

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