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Power shortage over, Worthington Public Utilities announces

Failure to reduce the demand for electricity could lead to a level 3 energy emergency alert and the requirement that electric load be reduced through rolling blackouts throughout the community.

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WORTHINGTON — Worthington Public Utilities has received notification from its regional transmission organization that the energy emergency alert it has been operating under has been reduced to level 0, meaning the shortage of power is over and people may return to normal operations.

"While the previous shortage of generation capacity is a regional issue that is beyond our local control, Worthington Public Utilities would like to apologize for the inconvenience experienced by our customers and thank you for your collective efforts to help get the system through this latest event," the WPU said in a release.

"The regional transmission organization is predicting that these capacity shortages could occur during extreme summer and winter weather conditions."

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WORTHINGTON — Worthington Public Utilities received notification from its regional transmission organization that the region is currently under a level 2 energy emergency alert.

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This means that existing electric generation capacity is not expected to be adequate to meet the demand for electricity.

Worthington Public Utilities is currently operating its local generation plant to help the regional system meet the demand, and it has requested that all Worthington Public Utilities' electric customers take whatever steps they can to conserve electricity at this time.

Those steps may include turning off all unnecessary lighting and electrical appliances, turning down the thermostat a few degrees and delaying the use of electrical appliances such as clothes washers, dryers and dishwashers until the current situation improves.

Failure to reduce the demand for electricity at this time could lead to the issuance of a level 3 energy emergency alert and the requirement that we reduce electric load through the implementation of rolling blackouts throughout the community, WPU stated in its 7:19 p.m. release.

The public's cooperation at this time is greatly appreciated, it added.

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