The first month of 2018 will be remembered as one of the coldest in decades for the Mississippi Power service territory.
During the historically frigid month, temperatures dropped below freezing on 19 days in Meridian and Hattiesburg. In Gulfport, it fell below 32 degrees 14 times in January.
When the mercury drops in thermometers, the demand for energy rises, and the employees at Mississippi Power’s generating units answered the call all month long for our customers.
“During these abnormal weather conditions, the team has been very diligent in ensuring that our processes and procedures were up-to-date, our training was up-to-date, and our equipment was functioning in a very reliable manner,” Vice President of Generation and Senior Production Officer Allen Reaves said. “That goes for our generating units and our transmission and distribution systems.”
“I could not be prouder of our plant teams for their response during a bitterly cold January,” Reaves continued.
Every available unit was called into service to meet customer demand. Reaves said working in extremely cold weather conditions can present problems for employees, and the equipment they’re trying to operate.
“Cold weather causes instrumentation malfunction and issues with delivering coal to our units,” Reaves said. “There’s also the physical challenge of the abnormal weather conditions that we’re just not used to seeing in Mississippi.”
Abnormal might be the perfect adjective to describe the weather in January.
“We had a period of 43 straight hours below freezing in Meridian and Hattiesburg at the beginning of the month,” Senior Systems Analyst Jason Plummer said. “We also had five Winter Weather Advisories and a Winter Storm Watch issued for counties in our service territory. It was an unbelievably frigid start to 2018.”
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