News Room

Media Contact:
Communications Department, Southwestern Electric Cooperative
E-mail: joe.richardson@sweci.com 
Phone: (800) 637-8667

  • Crews Restore Service After Tree Fire Interrupts Power to Members Near St. Jacob Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    A tree fire near Triad Road left about 200 Southwestern Electric members south of St. Jacob without power this afternoon. The fire interrupted power at about 3 p.m. Southwestern line crews restored power shortly after 4 p.m.
  • Tree Fire Interrupts Power to 200 Members Near St. Jacob Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    A tree fire near Triad Road has left about 200 Southwestern Electric members south of St. Jacob without power this afternoon. The fire interrupted power at about 3 p.m. As of 4 p.m., fire protection district personnel were en route and line crews were on site. The cooperative expected to restore power by 6:30 p.m.
  • Lightning Strike Causes Pole Fire, Power Outage in Fayette County Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    About 425 members served by Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s Shafter Substation lost power at 5:13 a.m. when a lightning strike set fire to a utility pole north of Vandalia Lake. Southwestern line crews restored power to 400 members shortly after 7 a.m. The remaining 25 members were in service at 9:08 a.m.
  • Southwestern Line Crews Continue to Make Repairs; 115 Remain Without Power Monday, July 7, 2014
    Southwestern Line Crews Continue to Make Repairs; 115 Remain Without Power
  • Southwestern Line Crews Continue to Make Repairs; 500 Remain Without Power Monday, July 7, 2014
    About 500 Southwestern Electric members remain without power this afternoon. A line of thunderstorms that swept through Southwestern Illinois shortly after 2 p.m. busted poles and brought down power lines across the cooperative’s service area.
  • Afternoon Storm Presents Downed-Wire Dangers Monday, July 7, 2014
    Powerful thunderstorms swept across Southwestern Illinois this afternoon, breaking poles and bringing down power lines across Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s service area. “As of 3:40 p.m., we have about 625 members without power,” said Joe Richardson, director of communications for Southwestern Electric Cooperative.
  • Worden Area Members Without Power Saturday Morning Saturday, June 21, 2014
    About 430 Southwestern Electric members in Madison and Macoupin counties were without power for three hours this morning. The outages were a result of damage to lightening arrestors at the cooperative’s Worden Substation. The outage lasted from 5:18 a.m. until about 8:15 a.m.
  • Wind Brings Down Sub-Transmission Poles in Madison County Saturday, June 21, 2014
    More than 2,700 Southwestern Electric members lost power Friday night when high winds broke about 15 Ameren sub-transmission poles, downing power lines along Highway 40, west of St. Jacob.
  • Southwestern Members in Bond and Fayette Counties Lose Power for 90 Minutes Monday, April 28, 2014
    About 1,050 Southwestern Electric members were without power for 90 minutes tonight. Southwestern Electric’s Ramsey and Smithboro substations lost power at 9:38 p.m. Power was restored at about 11:10 p.m.
  • Power Restored to 1,600 Southwestern Members Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Ameren line crews restored power to Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s Pocahontas and Smithboro substations at 3:29 p.m.