Monday, February 18, 2019

MISO Issues Cold Weather Alert

By Amanda Durish Cook

MISO has issued a cold weather alert for several balancing authorities in its North and Central regions for Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.

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The RTO said temperatures are expected to dip to -20 degrees Fahrenheit during the week in some northern portions of its footprint.

MISO North spans parts of the Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. Central includes Wisconsin, most of Michigan and portions of Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio.

The RTO told operators on Jan. 25 to expect to be contacted about fuel restrictions during the cold snap. It also said as the cold front moves in, more of Central and even MISO South could become affected.

Spokesperson Mark Brown said MISO will continue to closely monitor the weather forecast and available generation and resources for the week ahead.

Brown also said the RTO would work closely with “members and neighboring operators to manage reliability as temperatures enter more extreme territory across the region.”

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