A Message from the Manager:
The good news is, we have thus far been spared the initial disaster predicted by the various weather services across the country. We have had few outages and they have been scattered for the most part. That is, until last night! The precipitation from our first round of the winter storms was very dry and did not stick to the trees very well. This served to limit tree-related outages to a minimal level.
Last night, we did experience a widespread outage when CLECO-Cajun followed a MISO-driven order to shed load. CLECO-Cajun chose to drop load on the south feeder out of our Minden Bulk substation. The resulted in briefly terminating source power to our Heflin and Regency substations. They did so without notice to us. The first indication that we had a problem was when we began receiving outage calls from that area. Following my phone call with CLECO-Cajun last night, it is unlikely we will be receiving a Christmas card from them this year!
MISO, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, manages transmission and generation resources on behalf of their owners throughout most of the mid-section of the United States from Louisiana north to Canada. In our area, there are numerous generation owners, including our provider, CLECO-Cajun. The primary owner of transmission lines in our area is Entergy. In their role as the manager of all these assets, MISO makes the decisions as to which generators operate and at what level they generate power as well as manages the transmission grid to ensure a stable flow of electricity in the central region of the country.
We have brought in additional crews in anticipation of today’s potential for additional snow and ice. We will provide updates along the way and you can continue to monitor our status using this link to our webpage Map Viewer (https://ebill.our.coop/maps/OutageWebMap/ur.coop).
General Manager, Claiborne Electric Cooperative