Electricity use in Tulsa is near record levels. Tuesday was the second highest peak demand for power ever at PSO. Spokesman Stan Whiteford says there are a couple of good reasons to try and conserve electricity, it reduces strain on the system and it keeps bills lower.
He says air-conditioning is the thing that accounts for the most energy use, so it’s good to make sure air filters are clean to help keep costs down.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the state has reached an agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Environmental Protection Agency on federal air quality rules for PSO's two coal-fired power plants in Oologah.
The Attorney General's Office sued the EPA in May to allow more time for the state to craft a solution. The agreement allows PSO to comply with EPA rules while protecting Oklahoma consumers and ratepayers.
The power is back on in far east Tulsa. This after straight line winds toppled and snapped power poles along 129th East Avenue between 41 and 51st Streets.
The outage impacted about 700 Public Service Company customers. Crews from PSO, Cox Communications and the phone company were quick to respond with new poles and restored the service in just a couple of hours.
The lines went down when the leading edge of the storm moved through that part of Tulsa.
Strong winds this afternoon caused scattered power outages in the Tulsa area. At one point, several thousand PSO customers lost power. There were reports of lines down in the area of 36th & Hudson, causing nearly a thousand people to lose electricity. A feeder line knocked out power to another thousand homes and businesses in Northwest Tulsa. In all, more than four thousand homes and businesses, including St. John Hospital briefly, lost power.