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Coping With Mother Nature

Message From General Manager/CEO Jerry Boze

We strive to provide you with the most reliable electric service possible. We work with the best technology available, perform regular maintenance and train our employees to spot system hazards.

Still, Mother Nature throws us some curves from time to time. Lightning, ice storms, fires, floods and tornadoes are just a few of the formidable challenges our highly qualified technicians face.

Tree limbs bent or blown over during harsh weather are a regular concern. Even animals can be a problem. Squirrels, snakes, turkey vultures, ants, woodpeckers and other critters can cause interruptions when they come in contact with electric equipment.

Here are just some of the measures we take to keep interruptions to a minimum:

  • Crews regularly trim tree branches along distribution lines.
  • Lightning arresters on transformers direct lightning safely to the ground.
  • Wildlife guards and insulated cables keep animals safe from transformers. Electric fences keep raccoons and snakes out of substations.

Providing uninterrupted power during times of peak load is a major priority, so your co-op chooses wire sizes and transformers that can handle the job. We install fuses, sectionalizers and reclosers to minimize areas of interruption. In addition, multiple ground connections help protect the system, equipment and the general public.

If an interruption does occur, technologies such as supervisory control and data acquisition systems automatically locate outages, which minimizes the time linemen must spend physically searching for obstructions to lines. They can go directly to the location of the problem and get the line or transformer repaired more quickly than ever before.

These are just some of the ways your co-op is working to provide electric service you can count on.