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UPDATE: City of Moorhead implementing rolling power blackouts

Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM CST
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MOORHEAD, MINN. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: Moorhead Public Service says there’s a potential for rolling blackouts again tonight and into tomorrow morning.

The utility says the blackouts could occur any time from 4 until 10:00 PM, as well as tomorrow morning between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM.

MPS asks that its customers continue to do what they can to reduce power usage, such as voluntarily reduce electric usage by delaying running the dishwasher and clothes washer, turning down the heat, and shutting off lights.

UPDATE 02/16 at 12:30 p.m.: Moorhead Public Service says it will discontinue the rolling blackouts. The utility organization posted on Facebook saying it will do better to notify customers in advance.

At this time, Moorhead Public Service will discontinue rolling blackouts. We will do our best to notify customers in advance when and if the blackouts would commence.

Posted by Moorhead Public Service on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Original story:

People in Moorhead will be dealing with the side effects of a strained power system after the city implements rolling blackouts.

The city says the blackouts will start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The blackouts will last about 30 minutes and will happen until further notice from the city.

Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has ordered the blackouts to try and conserve energy as much of the nation is dealing with freak weather.

SPP says if it doesn’t do blackouts across the network, it could lead to uncontrolled outages of greater magnitude. A check of the SPP website shows it has services in 14 states including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana to name a few.

Stay with Valley News Live as we continue to follow this breaking story.

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