With the upcoming week of more hot weather and extreme temperatures, Benton utilities is passing along an advisory from Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). This is a Hot Weather Alert for Conserving Operations and Capacity Advisory.
MISO is the independent regional transmission organization (RTO) operating the bulk electric transmission grid that delivers power throughout most of Arkansas. Their mission is to work collaboratively and transparently with their stakeholders to enable the reliable delivery of low-cost energy through efficient, innovative operations and planning.
For Benton Utilities customers, this means during the extreme hot temperatures, the transmission grid is nearing its maximum capacity. In order to keep it from exceeding capacity, they are advising customers to conserve energy.
At any time during extreme temperatures, Benton Utilities may be contacted by MISO to reduce the amount of electricity that they require from the grid. Should that occur, they will reach out to customers to take steps to prevent or reduce rolling blackouts.
6 steps can take to conserve energy:
1. Turn off unnecessary lights/devices, especially in unoccupied rooms.
2. Adjust thermostat upward by four degrees.
3. Close window coverings to preserve interior cooling.
4. Change your AC filter.
5. Cook outside on the grill, if possible.
6. Wash/dry laundry after 8 p.m.
For more energy saving tips, visit this link: Energy Saving Tips | Benton Utilities
In a statement, Benton Utilities said they will promptly notify customers via text, email, Facebook, and our website if they receive a load-shed imperative from MISO.
“Thank you for being prepared ahead of time, we appreciate your assistance and patience. We hope to never be subject to rolling blackouts, however, we would rather pro-actively warn our customers in case it does occur.”