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About CONVEX

The Connecticut Valley Electric Exchange (CONVEX) operates the electric transmission system in Connecticut and western Massachusetts, serving more than 1.7 million people. CONVEX provides safe and reliable electricity to help boost the economy and quality of life for this thriving region's residential and business customers.

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GLOSSARY

  • Rolling Blackouts
    Temporary interruption of electrical service. ISO New England would implement rolling blackouts only if and when New England's electrical system is unable to meet heavy peak demands because of an extreme deficiency in the power supply. By temporarily disconnecting electrical circuits on a rotating basis, a majority of customers have power, inconvenience is minimized and a more serious widespread problem is averted. Each rotation is of a specific duration, usually no longer than a few hours, but it could take longer in some locations due to the manual nature of the operation.
  • Conservation Day
    Public appeal to customers to conserve electricity in anticipation of heavy electrical demand and unhealthy air quality conditions, usually due to humid weather.
  • Voltage Reduction
    If, after other steps to manage capacity have been taken and the demand for electricity continues to exceed generating capacity, the electric utility can reduce voltage by five percent. This reduction essentially stretches out the available supply of electricity to all customers. It is rarely noticed by customers but may affect sensitive electronic equipment.

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FAQs

  • Q: What is load shedding?

    Load shedding -- an almost instantaneous cutting of power to customers -- would be used only in extraordinary situations, such as losing a major generating station or a large power line. This is done to preserve the electric system and so utilities can continue to provide service to the large majority of its customers. It would likely come without warning. The next step utilities could use in this emergency response process is the rolling blackout. These would be managed interruptions that would last for specified time intervals, usually no more than a few hours. When possible, advance warning of either load shedding or rolling blackouts would be given, but in most cases action may be necessary without time for notice.

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