NEW ORLEANS — Electricity companies Entergy and Cleco have canceled their orders for rolling power outages for Northshore and New Orleans customers.
Cleco announced just before 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, that periodic power outages would start for customers but has since rescinded.
The planned outages were due to the cold temperatures causing an increased use of power which was causing an overload of the power grid.
MISO informed both companies to do so in order to protect the stability of the power grid and prevent prolonged outages.
Power is now being restored to customers since the grid has been stabilized.
Word of the cancellation came through Councilwoman Helena Moreno social media.
Some actions customers with power can take to conserve energy include:
- Delay laundry, washing dishes, and other non-essential uses of electricity.
- Wash clothes with cold water, cook foods at the lowest possible setting and refrain from opening the oven door while baking.
- Don’t allow warmed air to escape from the home.
- Open blinds, drapes and curtains to let in warmth from the sun.
- Lower the central thermostat to 68 degrees or lower if possible.
Outages are expected for Houma's electrical system as well. Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government has been asked by Louisiana Electric Power Authority, LEPA, to begin rolling blackouts throughout the city. Outages could last for about 20 minutes.
For the latest information on Cleco power outage updates and restoration efforts, visit Cleco’s Storm Center page at www.cleco.com or follow the company on Facebook @Cleco Power.