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PINEVILLE, La. – Feb. 15, 2021 – Cleco is asking its customers to voluntarily reduce electricity usage until further notice. “This unusual request is necessary because power demand may potentially exceed available supply due to extremely cold temperatures,” said Jennifer Cahill, director of corporate communications. “We are making this public appeal at the request of MISO, our regional reliability coordinator, who has made a similar request to other utilities in its footprint.”
Some actions customers can take to conserve energy include:
· Delay laundry, washing dishes, and other non-essential uses of electricity until this appeal for conservation has ended.
· Wash clothes with cold water, cook foods at the lowest possible setting and refrain from opening the oven door while baking.
· Don’t allow warmed air to escape from the home.
· Open blinds, drapes and curtains to let in warmth from the sun.
· Lower the central thermostat to 68 degrees or lower if possible.
“If the power supply cannot meet the demand, periodic power outages could be needed to protect the stability of the power grid and prevent widespread lengthy outages,” said Cahill. “We appreciate our customers helping conserve and helping us keep the lights on for everyone.”