Statement issued Thursday:
Warsaw, Indiana – Kosciusko REMC is issuing an urgent appeal today, asking members to restrict the use of electricity, particularly for air conditioning.
“According to the Regional Security Coordinator, supplies of electricity all across the Midwest are very tight,” said KREMC President and CEO Steve Rhodes, “and we are taking proactive measures to ensure that we have enough power for all our members.”
The cooperative has begun working with its large power customers asking for cutbacks in usage. Residential and small commercial members are asked to voluntarily limit the use of electricity as much as possible. All load management programs, along with minor voltage reductions, are being used to reduce the demand on the electric grid system.
“This is a very serious situation,” Rhodes said. “Our wholesale power supplier is working closely with the regional power management agency to bring about a quick resolution. By turning off all unnecessary lights, delaying the use of major appliances until late at night or in the morning hours, and setting thermostats no lower than 78 degrees, our members will provide much needed assistance.”
Rhodes thanked all KREMC members for their help and cooperation during this unusual situation.
Kosciusko REMC is a Touchstone Energy electric cooperative serving over 17,000 customers throughout Kosciusko County and into surrounding counties.