TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – At peak, more than 100,000 Evergy customers went without power Tuesday morning, according to the electric company’s outage map.
Kansas saw its second day of controlled outages because electricity providers are facing generating issues from the cold. Supply can’t keep up with demand from energy customers.
Evergy’s Outage Map reported 105,270 without power at 10:45 a.m. Later around 1 p.m., the blackouts dropped down to affect 34,801 customers. The circles on the map represent clusters of power outages, and clicking on them will show how many customers are without power in that area. View a live look at the map below to check for outages rolling through the region:
While the outage map reported more than 100,000 people without power at 10:45 a.m., Evergy said the controlled outages stopped at 10:15.
The Southwest Power Pool, which provides electrical grid coverage for the region with Evergy, declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 Monday morning. Evergy resorted to controlled blackouts when the SPP told it to cut power usage to prevent further and uncontrolled power outages.
Kansas Corporation Commission Chairman Andrew French told Kansans later Monday that they could see additional controlled blackouts Tuesday morning as customers used a large amount of electricity. The controlled blackouts initiated by Evergy and the SPP are a preventative measure to avoid longer, uncontrolled power outages.