News Room

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

  • 1,200 Fayette County Members Without Power Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s Sefton and Confidence substations went offline at 10:20 a.m. The outage is affecting members in an area that extends from Herrick south to St. Peter, and from Vandalia east to St. Elmo. Southwestern Electric and Ameren crews are patrolling lines to identify the source of the outage. No estimated time of restoration is currently available.
  • Southwestern Crews Restore Power to More Than 900 Members Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Southwestern Electric crews have restored service to more than 900 members this morning after a line of strong thunderstorms pushed through the co-op’s service area shortly before 4 a.m., bringing lightning and high winds to bear on hardware, poles and powerlines.
  • Crews Continue to Restore Service Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Southwestern Electric crews have restored service to about 900 members this morning after a line of strong thunderstorms pushed through the co-op’s service area early today.
  • Southwestern Crews Restore Power to 750 Members Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Southwestern Electric crews have restored service to 750 members, after a line of strong thunderstorms interrupted power to 975 co-op members earlier today.
  • Strong Storms Interrupt Service to 975 Members; Crews Restore Power in Bond And Montgomery Counties Thursday, May 23, 2019
    A line of strong thunderstorms began pushing through South-Central Illinois shortly before 4 a.m., interrupting service to more than 975 Southwestern Electric Cooperative members.
  • Lightning Damages Breaker, Interrupts Power to Members in Effingham And Fayette Counties Sunday, May 19, 2019
    About 325 members in Effingham and Fayette counties lost power shortly after 5 p.m. when lightning damaged a breaker and fuses at Southwestern’s Edgewood Substation. Members south of I-70, west of I-57, and east of St. Peter were affected by the outage. Crews are on site, making repairs.
  • Automobile Accident Interrrupts Power to 560 Members Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    About 560 members in Effingham and Fayette counties lost power shortly before 7:30 a.m., when a vehicle struck a utility pole, breaking the pole and downing power lines.
  • Vehicle Accident Interrupts Power to 135 Members in Madison County Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    At 4:00 p.m. a vehicle struck a Southwestern Electric Cooperative power pole interrupting power to 135 Madison county members.
  • Crews Restoring Power As High Winds Persist Into Evening Thursday, March 14, 2019
    Southwestern Electric crews have restored power to more than 1,500 members today as high winds moved across the co-op’s service area, dropping trees into power lines, breaking poles and damaging fuses. Linemen will be on call throughout the evening, responding to outages as winds continue to buffet the Midwest.
  • Outage Affects 110 Members in Maryville; Crews Making Repairs Thursday, March 14, 2019
    About 110 members in Maryville are presently without power. Southwestern crews have identified the source of the outage and are repairing lines at Highway 159. Engineering and operations teams expect to restore service around 4 p.m.