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Nebraska Public Power District warning customers of potential rolling blackouts

(KTIV) -- Multiple states are experiencing power supply shortages due to the cold weather, one being Nebraska.

Around 12:15 p.m. Monday, several Nebraska counties had a controlled blackout. Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) said it doesn't get notifications far enough in advance of when blackouts will occur; therefore, it can't notify customers of a blackout.

However, NPPD said any controlled blackouts should last around 30 minutes, and customers don't need to call to report it. They have the potential of happening for the next two days.

NPPD is under the Southwest Power Pool (SSP). The SSP has 14 states from the Canadian border down to the Gulf of Mexico connected to its section of the power grid.

Due to low wind generation and ice, wind turbines aren't producing as much energy for usage. Natural gas wells in the south are freezing, preventing production.

"The demand of electricity has put a push on the cost of natural gas and many of the wind turbines in those 14 states aren't operating because of weather conditions or a lack of fuel. There's just not enough wind to generate electricity," said Mark Becker with NPPD.

Customers are being asked to conserve energy in any way they can.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, SPP said the blackouts helped conserve and generate enough energy to meet demand. However, as temperatures drop overnight, more blackouts might be planned as the energy is used.

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