LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Entergy Arkansas, Inc. is asking its customers in central Arkansas to voluntarily reduce their usage of electricity until 9 p.m. tonight.
The unusual appeal is the result of extremely hot temperatures that are causing increased electricity usage. This could potentially overload electrical lines, which could in turn cause power outages.
Entergy has already curtailed certain industrial and wholesale customers.
Electrical power demand has continued to increase. If electricity usage continues to increase and electric facilities become overloaded, periodic temporary power outages could begin among residential and commercial customers.
These are expected to be short power curtailments that affect different groups of customers at different times. Any temporary outage would typically last from 30 minutes to one hour, but could be shorter or longer, depending on the situation.