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The Baldwin City power plant has been online since 5am this morning, February 15th. It is currently carrying the bulk of the city power load with minimal power generation from coming from Evergy. It is possible that a few Baldwin City customers will see short outages (less than 30 minutes) this afternoon depending on several factors, but we do not anticipate the widespread outages Evergy customers are facing.
Note that City staff is working with regional and local organizations and we will do everything we can to keep our customers from losing power. We know the news is anxiety-inducing. This is a part of why the new power plant exists - to handle our energy generation in case of a widespread emergency and it is functioning exactly as it should.
Because lack of natural gas resources is the problem, we do still ask everyone to lower your use of gas as much as possible per our previous communication.
Feb 14, 2021
At 4:40 p.m. today, Governor Laura Kelly issued a State of Disaster Emergency due to wind chill warnings and stress on utility and natural gas providers.
The state has experienced bitter winter temperatures and below zero wind chills for more than a week, which has put stress on utility and natural gas providers across the state. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.
“As the extreme cold temperatures continue to affect the region, we are urging Kansans to conserve energy in order to help ensure a continued supply of natural gas and electricity and keep their own personal costs down,” Governor Kelly said.
Because of the sub-zero temperatures which causes an increased energy demand and natural gas supply constraints, utilities are currently experiencing wholesale natural gas prices anywhere from 10 to 100 times higher than normal. Those costs will eventually flow through to consumers, and increase monthly natural gas and electric bills.
Customers can keep these costs down by reducing their natural gas and electric usage at this critical time.
Here are some things each household can do to help in the conservation effort and slow down the increases in energy bills due to high usage: