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FROM THE MANAGER
Ensuring Reliability as Power Supply Tightens
You expect reliable and affordable electricity from your electric cooperative, so
how does your co-
A complex network of electricity generators and tens of thousands of miles of electrical lines work together to ensure that enough electricity is available on the coldest winter morning and during the dog days of summer.
What happens when the demand for power overwhelms the ability to provide it? That’s a particularly vexing question given the transition taking place in how electricity is produced and shared across this network.
The key to meeting the energy needs so essential to your quality of life is balancing electricity supply with demand. While that may sound simple, there is a complex web of facilities and organizations that work together to make it happen each day.
Regional transmission organizations coordinate, control and monitor the electric grid across several states in a region. For Kansas, that entity is the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). Think of them as energy traffic managers on an interstate highway system, regulating the number of cars — in this case, electricity — and their destination.
Even so, on some days there is an imbalance in that system that leads to rolling
power interruptions or blackouts — so-
Simply, that’s because power plants that generate electricity are being closed faster
than new producers come online. In most cases, traditional large-
As more electric utilities pursue zero-
Electric cooperatives and others in the energy sector will continue to develop renewable
options and pursue new technologies. But absent new large-
Jim Currie, General Manager