There was an unexpected impact from Monday’s solar eclipse. 

It turns out electricity demand in Nebraska dropped during the eclipse on Monday.

That fact has stumped utility companies who had actually braced for a surge in energy use during the event.

Power companies expected that as skies darkened, electric lights turning on would use more power than on a normal afternoon.

Utility managers now say they didn’t account for everyone who would take off from work and school to catch the eclipse and switch off lights and air conditioners as they went outside.