Pioneer members asked to conserve electricity during cold snap

Published 2:06 pm Monday, January 6, 2014

Pioneer Electric Cooperative is asking members to voluntarily limit electric usage until Wednesday due to an unusually high demand for electricity caused by the cold weather the area is currently experiencing.

Extremely cold temperatures lead to higher electricity demand from consumers and could lead to shortages in electricity supply. The cooperative doesn’t anticipate problems with meeting the high electricity demand, but voluntary reductions by its members could reduce the risk of power outages, according to cooperative officials.

The interconnections of electric systems frequently make it possible for one system to receive additional electricity from neighboring systems. However, extreme cold weather is widespread in this region, limiting additional electric power resources. Energy conservation is an important factor in helping to ensure our members receive continuous electric service.

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“Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc., together with our power supplier, will make every attempt to ensure our members receive continuous electric service,” said Terry Moseley, executive vice president and general manger of Pioneer. “With our members’ cooperation, we can reduce our need for electricity, also reducing the risk of power outages.”

Lowering the thermostat on electric heating systems to 68 degrees is recommended. Members are also urged to reduce their energy requirements by limiting the use of non-essential electricity and appliances, such as electric water heaters, clothes washers and dryers and dishwashers.

“Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. and our energy supplier have staff members working non-stop – from the power plants to the line crews. We are prepared to meet our members’ needs,” said Moseley.

Pioneer customers can report a power outage by calling 1-800-533-0323.