Utility companies suspend rolling blackouts in Missouri

Associated Press
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Energy companies in western and southwest Missouri discontinued the use of rolling electricity blackouts late Tuesday morning after imposing the blackouts earlier to reduce the strain on electrical systems during record-setting cold weather.

The blackouts early Tuesday came as most of Missouri endured another day where high temperatures were expected to struggle to get above single digits. Kansas City's overnight temperatures dropped to minus 10 and was forecast to peak at 11 on Tuesday. 

The utility companies imposed the blackouts on Monday and early Tuesday under order from the Southwest Power Pool, a group of utilities across 14 states, because the supply of reserve energy had been exhausted.

The Southwest Power Pool lifted the order about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and utility companies said their customers should have power returned quickly.

Evergy said its blackouts Tuesday morning affected about 100,000 customers in western Missouri and eastern Kansas Tuesday for between 30 and 90 minutes.

City utilities in Independence and Springfield, along with Liberty Utilities, also imposed emergency power outages Tuesday morning before the order was lifted.