Little Rock, Ark. — Feb. 14, 2021 — The Electric Cooperatives of
Arkansas ask members to voluntarily limit use of electric service
immediately and through midnight Tuesday in order to ensure that
electric service is not interrupted.
Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas members are urged to reduce the use
of electrical requirements by limiting use of non-essential
electricity and appliances, especially electric water heaters, clothes
dryers and dishwashers, and to turn heating thermostats to lower
Due to the extremely cold weather and the unusually high requirement
for electricity, electric cooperatives and other electric utilities
across Arkansas and surrounding states have reached a point where
electricity demand has nearly exceeded the capacity.
The cooperative emphasized that voluntary cooperation is essential. If
voluntary reductions are not sufficient to maintain continuity of
service, it may be necessary to begin interruption of electric service
to specific areas for limited time periods. It is not presently
anticipated that this type of rotating curtailments will be necessary.
Cooperative representatives are also directly contacting large and
commercial users asking their cooperation as well.
The interconnections of electric systems frequently make it possible
for one system to secure additional electricity from neighboring
systems. However, the present extreme cold weather is widespread in
the Arkansas region, making the strain on the electric grid much
higher than normal. Thus, conservation of energy is important to help
ensure continuous electric service.
Your local electric cooperative will continue to keep the public
advised of further developments concerning voluntary reductions of
The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric
distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI),
a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the
distribution cooperatives; and AECC, a generation and transmission
cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to more
than 500,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding