Utility companies suspend rolling blackouts in Missouri and Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Energy companies serving Kansas and parts of Missouri suspended the use of rolling blackouts Tuesday.

Evergy and Liberty imposed rolling blackouts early Tuesday. But the Southwest Power Pool, which controls utilities across 14 states, suspended the blackouts late Tuesday morning.

Evergy posted to social media, “We thank you for working with us this morning. At 10:15, the SPP lifted the current order and intermittent outages have been suspended at this time. Power should be coming back online soon for those impacted. We thank you for conserving energy and ask that you continue to do so, which will help prevent more intermittent outages.”

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New-Mac Electric Cooperative released the following, “As of 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, New-Mac Electric Cooperative has returned to normal operations in the aftermath of the extreme, frigid temperatures that hit Southwest Missouri beginning this past weekend. New-Mac experienced all-time record system loads over the last three days while dealing with temperatures approaching 20 degrees below zero. New-Mac avoided any rolling system blackouts, and the cooperative is extremely grateful of all residential, commercial and industrial customers who did their part to conserve electric usage during this critical time.”

The blackouts were imposes Monday and Tuesday morning to decrease demand on systems in the states. The blackouts came while the 4-states continues a streak of days with high temperatures barely above zero. Highs across most of the state were forecast to stay well below 20 degrees Tuesday.