Liberty Utilities-Empire District Electric asks customers in Republic, Mo. to conserve energy

REPUBLIC, Mo. -- Liberty Utilities-Empire District Electric issued a peak advisory for Thursday for customers in Republic, Mo.

The utility asks customers to raise thermostats to 80 degrees or higher. It also asks you to postpone heat producing activities, including cooking and laundry until the evening hours.

Senior customers and those with health problems complicated by the heat should not raise their thermostats.

The community of Republic lost power Wednesday evening because of an equipment failure.