Meridian Star

January 24, 2014

EMEPA prepares for extreme low temperatures

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — From staff reports

East Mississippi Electric Power Association personnel are preparing for the second wave of below average temperatures to hit our service area this month. In a press release issued Thursday morning, Julie Boles, communication manager for EMEPA, said all devices and equipment have been checked in anticipation of the significant load increase to the system. However, anything mechanical or electrical can fail, and EMEPA is prepared to respond to any damage to the system. The release said though EMEPA’s wholesale power providers remain secure and stable at this time, steps are being taken to ensure stability to the power system. Members are encouraged to take proactive steps to reduce their electricity use while in turn also lowering their power bills. Cold weather tips include turning off any nonessential electrical appliances, such as washers and dryers. "In addition, lowering the thermostat just one degree can equal a savings of up to three percent on a monthly bill, the release said. More tips can be found at," the press release states. “We encourage members to use the power they need to stay safe and warm, but need what you use,” said EMEPA General Manager/CEO Wayne Henson. For more safety and energy efficiency information, visit To report an outage or downed power line, call EMEPA at 601-581-8600.