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Posted on: February 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Energy Emergency Alert Level 3

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Grand River Dam Authority received notification that the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), would be declaring an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3, effective immediately. 

This means city substations could be forced to shut down to conserve power. These planned outages will be 30-45 minutes at a time and could affect large areas of the city including residential, traffic signals, business, and industrial. 

Please note this is a rapidly changing situation- we will work to provide as much notice as possible. 

All customers should conserve power immediately by 

• Turning down electric thermostats to 68 degrees.

• Closing shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.

• Turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliances. Avoid using large appliances (ovens, washing machines, etc.). 

Under the EEA Level 3 declaration, SPP must utilize operating reserves below the required minimum or ask our members to implement controlled service interruptions. Alert Level 3 is the highest alert level that SPP uses in a situation of energy shortage. 

GRDA anticipates that in may be forced into a load shed scenario at the request of SPP to balance generation and load, and maintain system stability, across the region. Not all GRDA customers will be affected, but on a rotational basis this action may negatively impact power delivery to your community, resulting in a power outage that may persist for an hour or longer. 

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