Due to unseasonably high temperatures, members of  Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative have been asked to safely conserve electricity as the three-tiered system of electric cooperatives continues to do everything possible to meet members’ energy needs.

Associated Electric Cooperative, the power supplier for six regional generation and transmission cooperatives and 51 distribution cooperatives, including Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, notified member systems on June 14 that energy supplies may be tight on June 15 through June 17, and that member systems can help make a difference by conserving energy on those three days from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., when peak energy use occurs.

The conservation appeal was triggered by an unseasonably hot weather pattern and projections of declining wind power for Thursday and Friday.

During the severe winter storm in February 2021, members made a difference by conserving energy to help the system through that energy peak event, and the system served by Associated experienced no service interruptions.

During high-temperature weather events, members can help conserve energy by:

  • Raise their thermostats a few degrees. For example, if a normal setting for a member’s home is 72 degrees, raise it to 75 degrees.
  • Limit the use of large appliances.
  • Unplug devices that are not in use.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.

We ask member-consumers to safely conserve electricity as we work through this weather event. The employees of Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Sho-Me Power Electric Power Cooperative and Associated Electric Cooperative continue to do everything possible to ensure safe and reliable power for our members.