(Vermillion, SD) Due to continued high demand for electricity over a large portion of the multi-state power grid managed by Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a power outage in Vermillion remains a possibility.

The extreme temperatures experienced locally over the last couple of days and the colder than normal conditions over almost the entirety of the SPP footprint have created the prolonged high demand, according to a press release issued by the City of Vermillion Wednesday morning.

"If there is an outage due to grid pressures, we will have no control over it and likely receive little notice," the press release states.

The City had asked citizens to prepare for a possible power outage Wednesday morning. Vermillion didn't experience an outage, however.

"We can all help by working together to lessen the demand for electricity. Vermillion Light & Power continues to request customers conserve energy amid the frigid temperatures and emergency alerts," the press release states. "Residential customers can help by reducing electric usage by delaying running the dishwasher and washing machine, setting the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower, unplugging non-essential appliances, avoiding the use of large appliances, keeping your refrigerator closed as much as possible, closing rooms to avoid wasting heat, closing blinds and curtains to trap heat inside, and shutting off lights when you leave a room."

The City informed its residents Wednesday morning that the power situation is constantly changing.

"Please be prepared for outages should they happen. While temporary outages are inconvenient and annoying, they can help avoid longer and more frequent outages," the press release states.

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