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We Energies powers through the pandemic and cold

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OAK CREEK (WKOW) -- Energy companies like We Energies faced a double challenge in recent weeks, the pandemic and extreme cold.

While brutal winter weather cut off power in Texas and other places, Wisconsin's power supply held up to the cold.

The president of We Energies says its system at the Oak Creek power plant was able to handle when temperatures dipped below zero, but there were other challenges across the region.

"During the very, very cold period we had in February, we saw constraints on our interstate transmission network," said Tom Metcalfe. "Pipelines that bring gas into the state were at maximum capacity."

The company created a COVID bubble for the dozen staffers at the controls of the power plant, who are the first line of defense against any problems that occur in the system.

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