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Springfield City Utilities asks customers to turn down thermostats, avoid using appliances amid energy station repairs

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Electrical power lines are shown on Dec. 23, 2022 in south Springfield.

A transmission line problem "required one of the turbines at John Twitty Energy Station to be taken offline," CU officials said Friday morning.

Update 1:15 p.m., Dec. 23, 2022:

Springfield City Utilities said midday on Friday that it was canceling an energy conservation request it issued earlier in the day, asking customers to turn down their thermostats and avoid using energy-intensive appliance like dishwashers.

In a news release, CU officials said they were able to cancel that request because repairs on one of the units at John Twitty Energy Center were complete. CU said all power generation units were now in service.

A "component failure" forced CU to take the plant's Unit 2 offline earlier Friday, officials said.

CU officials also said natural gas supplies and delivery were operating as normal, despite Friday's extremely cold temperatures.

Springfield temperatures registered around 4 degrees when CU canceled the power alert at 12:28 p.m. Like much of Missouri, the area was under a wind chill warning, with wind chills of -35 degrees possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Initial Report Posted 11:25 a.m., Dec. 23, 2022:

On Friday morning Springfield City Utilities asked its natural gas and electricity customers to conserve power while repairs were underway.

One of the turbines at John Twitty Energy Station had to be taken offline due to a problem with a tranmission line, CU said in a news release.

Repairs were "not expected to take long" but CU asked customers to conserve power.

They recommended customers turn down thermostats 2 degrees and wait until later Friday to run appliances like dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers.

CU also asked customers to turn off any unnecessary lights or other appliances.

CU officials said they planned to update the community when repairs are completed.

Gregory Holman is a KSMU reporter and editor focusing on public affairs and investigations.