The cold weather is prompting MiEnergy Cooperative to issue a peak energy alert.
The utility says electricity demand in the region is high.
The alert means a "full load control" goes into effect at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday. MiEnergy says power to electric water heaters and electric heat systems will be restored beginning at 9 p.m. Full restoration is expected by 11 p.m.
While members have to opt into this program, the co-op is asking everyone to reduce energy usage as much as safely possible this evening.
MiEnergy provides electricity to 18,600 members in Northern Iowa and Southeastern Minnesota.
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