Rolling blackouts

West Point electric plant operator Dave Schroedter checks the meters Tuesday when the city’s three engines were generating power. In the foreground is one of the engines. The three can generate 4 megawatts of electricity per hour.

Usually it’s high temperatures that put a demand on the City of West Point’s electrical distribution systems. But Monday and Tuesday it was record cold temperatures across the country that had the city’s engines spinning to produce power.

City of West Point and Cuming County Public Power electric customers were among those in Nebraska affected by the rolling blackouts Monday and Tuesday that took place as energy suppliers worked to keep the midwest power grid stable as the demand for power soared.

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