Heat and wildfires in California are distorting the energy market and bringing supply problems to the entire western states energy market, including Mohave Electric Cooperative and its members.
As a result, Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) is asking members to do everything possible to conserve energy for several days until the crisis subsides, particularly during the prime-use hours of 2-10 p.m.
“There are some simple things members can do to conserve, such as grilling outside instead of using the stove and oven,” said Tyler Carlson, CEO of MEC. “If there is a need to do laundry, dry the clothes outside instead of the dryer. Turn lights and fans off and turn the air conditioner up a few extra degrees.”
The problems in California mean less energy is available on the market throughout the western region.
“This is one of the problems of becoming overly dependent on a single power supply,” Carlson said. “California has shuttered many traditional power generation resources and the current events are stressing the western region power market upon which Arizona and other western states rely.”
The issues in California are causing pricing and availability problems for which western power companies could not be prepared. Major suppliers are indicating they may not have power to sell.
“This is cause for concern over the next few days,” Carlson said, “Our members conserving energy will avoid a worsening of the situation while MEC works diligently with our power suppliers to resolve the problem.”