Rolling blackouts were avoided Thursday due to early power supply warnings and reduced consumption.
That is according to officials with Citizens Electric Company (CEC).
Thursday, the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) alerted utilities across the Midwest that there could be an unexpected power supply shortage due to excessive electricity consumption.
As a result of warnings and reduced usage, CEC's distribution system load dropped more than 17 megawatts (MW), a very significant 6.7 percent decrease, which prevented a new record peak for July.
The utility's all-time system peak occurred last August when the maximum supplied to members at one time was 277.5 megawatts (277,500,000 watts).