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Southwest Power Pool no longer under emergency energy alert

Regions now at emergency Level One
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Posted at 10:49 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 11:49:38-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Southwest Power Pool said Thursday it is no longer under an emergency energy alert.

According to the SPP, the energy emergency is at Level 0. The SPP coordinates a power grid in 14 states and has contracts with three others.

Still, the multi-state region remains in a period of conservation operations until 10 p.m. Central time on Feb. 20 "due to continuing high loads and other implications of severe cold weather," SPP said in a statement on Thursday.

On Monday, the SPP issued an "Emergency Alert 3" for the first time ever, forcing rolling emergency outages.

This caused thousands of people in the Kansas City area to lose power for hours in efforts to conserve power and stabilize stress on the regional power grid.