NEW YORK (Reuters) – Grid operator Southwest Power Pool issued a cold weather advisory for its 14-state central U.S. region on Thursday, warning of extreme arctic temperatures through the weekend and early next week.
The transmission network manager said it expects to have enough capacity to meet an expected increase in energy demand, but warned that cold temperatures could be similar to those recorded during the Winter Storm Elliot in December 2022. This storm knocked out power to more than 1.5 million homes. and businesses.
“The details, timing and full impact of the predicted storm systems are still very uncertain,” the operator said in its advisory.
SPP expects the power load to reach up to 45,000 megawatts (MW) on Monday and peak at around 46,000 MW on Tuesday during the cold spell. The historic winter peak load record is 47,157 MW, occurring during the 2022 storm, according to the network manager.
The transmission operator also warned that a sharp drop in wind power output could occur during the cold weather spell, putting the system at higher than normal risk of outages as demand for electricity increases. energy increases.
On Wednesday, grid operators ERCOT and PJM Interconnection issued cold weather advisories.
(Reporting by Nicole Jao; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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