The City of Pierre is preparing for a POTENTIAL electrical blackout early tomorrow morning (Feb. 17, 2021), at the request of the Southwest Power Pool. SPP manages the electrical grid for 14 states, including South Dakota.
Utilities director Brad Palmer says IF ordered by SPP, the blackout will last between 30 and 90 minutes, but no individual property is expected to be without power for more than 60 minutes. He says they will try to prevent impacts to the hospital, schools, skilled nursing facilities and other critical infrastructure.
To help alleviate the power strain, residents are encouraged to conserve energy by delaying use of dishwashers and washers and dryers, turning down heat and shutting off lights. Information from Bright Energy Solutions says 75% of the electricity use in a home comes from electronics that are turned off.