News Room

Media Contact:
Joe Richardson, Vice President of Communications
Phone: (800) 637-8667

  • AT&T Restores Phone Service Monday, April 3, 2017
    AT&T technicians have restored phone service to Southwestern Electric Cooperative. The cooperative's phone system came on line shortly after 2 p.m.
  • Southwestern Electric Phone Service Disrupted Monday, April 3, 2017
    A nationwide AT&T telecommunications issue has disrupted phone service to Southwestern Electric Cooperative this morning. AT&T technicians are working to resolve the issue. If you need to report an outage, please use our mobile app, SWEC IL, available on the App Store and on Google Play. If the situation is an emergency, please dial 911.
  • 160 Madison County Members Without Power Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Southwestern Electric crews are working to restore power to 160 cooperative members in Madison County tonight after a thunderstorm brought damaging winds, lightning and hail to the bistate area earlier this evening.
  • Storm Causes Isolated Outages Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    A thunderstorm producing damaging winds, lightning and hail is currently moving through Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s service area, resulting in isolated outages in Madison County.
  • Accident Causes Outage South of Sorento Saturday, February 25, 2017
    About 65 cooperative members south of Sorento are without power this morning after an automobile left the road and entered the right of way, breaking a utility pole. Line crews are currently on site making repairs.
  • Animal Disrupts Power at Smithboro Substation Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    About 560 Southwestern Electric members lost power this evening when an animal came into contact with circuits in the cooperative's Smithboro Substation.
  • Southwestern Electric Ready To Respond Saturday, January 14, 2017
    As precipitation continues to fall in Missouri and Illinois this morning, Southwestern Electric operations and engineering personnel are evaluating the weekend forecast. “So far we’ve experienced just a handful of outages, but we’re not letting our guard down,” said Bobby Williams, Southwestern’s chief operating officer.
  • Southwestern Electric Still On Storm Alert; Co-op Ready To Respond Friday, January 13, 2017
    Ice and freezing rain fell across Southwestern Electric’s service area Friday, but as of 9 p.m., the cooperative hadn’t experienced the extensive damage that typically accompanies a winter storm.
  • Restoring Power: Our Priority Is You Friday, January 13, 2017
    The details vary from one storm to the next, but the overall objective is always the same, and that’s to restore power to the greatest number of members in the shortest time.
  • Southwestern Electric Prepared For Winter Storm; Recruits Additional Crews Friday, January 13, 2017
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative has enlisted the aid of contract crews from three states in preparation for the winter storm expected to slam Illinois this weekend.