LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The waters of Lake of the Ozarks are helping keep Missourians warm. Bagnell Dam is nearing its maximum generation level, as power demand spikes across Missouri.
Ameren Missouri, which owns and operates the dam, reported on Friday, Feb. 12 that they expected to increase flow from the dam on Sunday and Monday. The dam’s eight generators can discharge between 40,000 and 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). That adds up to 215 megawatts to the grid.
On Saturday, Feb. 13 dam generation was running as low as 3,070 cfs in some parts of the day and nearly 29,000 cfs in other times. However, at 12 a.m. on Sunday, Ameren ramped up generation. Since then, the dam has been passing between 34,000–36,000 cfs.
The relatively quick ability of the dam to respond to peaking loads on the electrical grid makes Bagnell Dam an asset in times of sky-high demand: the pent-up waters of Lake of the Ozarks promise plenty of energy for Missourians to run their electric furnaces and space heaters. With temperatures climbing barely above zero on Monday, that’s just what happened.
And while some other utility companies in Missouri have been implementing rolling blackouts—Evergy and Independence Power & Light both temporarily shut off power to various areas of the state on Monday—Ameren told customers Monday they should not expect any planned outages, according to Fox2Now.
Record low temperatures are expected in the Lake of the Ozarks area and much of Missouri on Monday night, with Tuesday’s temperatures climbing into the ‘teens.