Kootenai Electric ‘not planning’ any rolling blackouts

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Andres Leighton

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Kootenai Electric Cooperative said they are monitoring their electric system, but do not have plans to conduct any rolling blackouts. 

In a release sent Tuesday, the company said proactive measures have been put in place to minimize power outages during this period of high electric demand. 

The Inland Northwest is expected to hit an all-time record Tuesday, with a high of 108 degrees. With more people blasting their air conditioning units, the power system is being strained.

Should outages occur, KEC crews are on-call 24 hours a day, ready to be dispatched throughout their service territory. 

Should the situation change and the company see rolling blackouts to be a necessity, they promised to communicate with customers in advance. 

Meantime, Avista, who serves customers in both Washington and Idaho, is having to conduct rolling blackouts. Those are set to take place from 1-8 p.m. in parts of North Spokane and the South Hill. 

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