News Room

Media Contact:
Joe Richardson, Vice President of Communications
E-mail: joe.richardson@sweci.com 
Phone: (800) 637-8667

  • Southwestern Crews Gain Ground in Restoration Efforts Thursday, February 25, 2016
    Southwestern Electric line crews continue to make headway in restoring power to members who lost service during yesterday’s storm.
  • Co-op Surveying Lines Near Edgewood and Shobonier Thursday, February 25, 2016
    Southwestern Electric engineering personnel are surveying damage in the areas of Edgewood, near Interstate 57, and Shobonier, south of Vandalia, this hour.
  • Crews Making Significant Progress in Restoration Efforts Thursday, February 25, 2016
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative linemen have made significant progress in repairing damage from yesterday’s winter storm. “Our crews have restored power to an additional 1,000 members since last night,” said Joe Richardson, the cooperative’s communications coordinator.
  • Co-op Crews Continue to Make Progress in Restoration Effort Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    About 2,400 Southwestern Electric members remain without power this evening in the wake of Wednesday’s winter storm. “Line crews continue to make headway in restoring power and making repairs,” said Joe Richardson, the cooperative’s communications coordinator.
  • Members Asked to Prepare for Overnight Outages Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    "We’re asking members who are still without power to prepare for an overnight outage. Members who depend on electricity for heat or to power a medical device are advised to find a safe, warm shelter until their power is restored.”
  • Crews Continue to Fight Ice and High Winds Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Southwestern Electric crews continue to fight ice and high winds as they work to restore power this afternoon. “At present, we have about 7,000 members without power,” said Joe Richardson, communications director for the cooperative. “The outages are widespread, spanning our entire service area.”
  • Edgewood Substation Update Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    A broken transmission pole that supports a power line feeding Edgewood Substation will slow repair efforts.
  • Transmission Pole Failure Cuts Power to Three Co-op Substations Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Ice and wind broke a cooperative transmission pole this morning, cutting power to three Southwestern Electric Cooperative substations in Madison County.
  • Crews Working to Repair Edgewood Substation Transmission Line Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    As of 9:30 a.m., Southwestern members served by the cooperative’s Edgewood Substation remain without power.
  • Outages Escalate as High Winds Rake Service Area. Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Outages continue to escalate as high winds rake Southwestern Electric’s service area. “At 7:15 a.m., about 1,500 members were without power,” said Joe Richardson, the cooperative’s communications director. “As of 8:30 this morning, we have about 2,500 members out.”