News Room

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

  • Power Restored to 1,000 Southwestern Members Saturday, December 14, 2013
    Southwestern Electric crews continue to make progress restoring power after heavy snowfall this morning brought down trees and dropped branches into power lines across the cooperative’s service area.
  • Southwestern Electric Crews Restoring Power; Snow-Slick Rural Roads Hamper Efforts Saturday, December 14, 2013
    Southwestern Electric crews are making steady progress restoring power today after heavy snow brought down trees and dropped branches into power lines across the co-op’s service area.
  • Snow Brings Down Power Lines Across Service Area Saturday, December 14, 2013
    About 1,000 Southwestern Electric members are without power this morning after heavy snow brought down trees and dropped branches into power lines across the cooperative’s service area.
  • Southwestern Electric Offers Generator Safety Tips Thursday, December 5, 2013
    Winter storms are coating Southern Illinois in snow and ice, creating a high potential for power outages. Southwestern Electric Cooperative is urging members who use generators to exercise caution.
  • Co-op Cautions Members to Avoid Downed Power Lines Thursday, December 5, 2013
    As freezing rain, snow and ice sweep across the Midwest, Southwestern Electric Cooperative is cautioning members to avoid sagging or fallen power lines.
  • Ameren Transmission Line Causes Edgewood Substation Power Outage Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    About 400 Southwestern Electric members in Fayette and Effingham counties lost power this morning after an Ameren transmission line failure interrupted service to the cooperative’s Edgewood substation.
  • Southwestern Crews Restore Power to Vandalia Members Monday, November 25, 2013
    Southwestern Electric crews restored power to about 100 homes and businesses in Vandalia this morning after a construction crew dug into an underground power line.
  • Construction Causes Vandalia Power Outage Monday, November 25, 2013
    About 100 Southwestern Electric members in Vandalia are without power this morning after a construction crew dug into an underground power line.
  • Southwestern Crews Work to Restore Remaining Outages Sunday, November 17, 2013
    At 9:30 p.m., about 50 Southwestern Electric Cooperative members in Fayette and Effingham counties remained without electricity. Joe Richardson, director of communications for Southwestern Electric, said line crews would continue to work through the night to restore power.
  • Power Restored to 2,000 Members, Line Crews Working Overnight Sunday, November 17, 2013
    About 400 members of Southwestern Electric Cooperative remain without power this evening after damaging winds tore across Illinois Sunday, snapping utility poles and bringing down power lines.