TOPEKA (KSNT) — Evergy said it’s taking steps to prepare for even hotter temperatures Thursday and Friday.
Flashback to February, when Evergy had to start rotating blackouts through its Kansas coverage area to help with power grid strain in Texas. The electric company said there won’t be any blackouts this summer, but the regional electricity load could reach 96%.
If businesses and homes with smart thermostats opt into the company’s Residential Thermostat program, Evergy can take control and turn up thermostats for those buildings that gave them permission. Evergy anticipates it will begin on Thursday between 4 and 6 p.m. In return, customers get perks for giving Evergy permission to adjust for high energy usage.
According to Evergy, it will only use the option to manage energy usage on weekdays between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. Customers will receive a push notification that the temperature is about to be changed in your home, and have the option to opt out.
Evergy suggests taking other steps to keep your home cool during the heatwave. In a statement released Wednesday, the company said it has employees working around the clock to make sure customers have the power needed to stay cool.
“Our system is ready for summer’s 100-degree days and to provide reliable electricity as customers aim to stay comfortable,” said Chuck Caisley, senior vice president and chief customer officer.
Evergy is a member of the Southwest Power Pool.
After first issuing an alert predicting that the regional electricity load could reach 96% this week, the power pool updated the situation and said it believes it will have enough power.