News Room

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

  • Pole Fire Interrupts Service to 385 Members Saturday, December 23, 2017
    About 385 Madison County members were without power this evening after a utility pole fire was discovered along Illinois Route 143 about 2 miles east of Interstate 55. The fire was caused by a wire jumper failure. The pole is a tie point between Edwardsville Substation north feed and Fruit Substation south feed. As a result, Southwestern line crews had to shut down Edwardsville Substation north feed at 5:30 p.m. and Fruit Substation south feed at 5:45 p.m. to enable the fire to be extinguished safely and replace the pole. Southwestern crews restored power at 7:35 p.m.
  • New CEO Introduced, Favorable Power Contract Announced At Southwestern Electric Annual Meeting Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    Southwestern Electric members met the co-op’s new CEO and learned of a favorable wholesale power contract at the cooperative’s 79th Annual Meeting of Members, held Saturday, Sept. 9, at Greenville Junior High School in Greenville, Ill. More than 2,000 people from Southwestern Illinois attended the meeting, which included breakfast, health screenings, activities for kids, and the co-op’s business meeting and election of directors.
  • Storm Interrupts Service to 250 Members Monday, September 4, 2017
    About 250 members in Madison and Macoupin counties are without power this evening as a line of strong thunderstorms push through the region, bringing high winds, lightning and strong rains to the co-op’s service area. Southwestern linemen were dispatched after 6 p.m. when the first outages were reported. Crews are currently working to restore power to members in both counties.
  • Madison County Outage Interrupts Service to 375 Members Saturday, September 2, 2017
    About 375 Madison County members are without power this evening. The outage began at 7:40 p.m. and is affecting members north and east of McDonough Lake. Southwestern crews are currently working to isolate the source of the outage and make repairs.
  • Crews Working to Restore Few Remaining Outages Monday, July 24, 2017
    Southwestern line crews have restored power to all but six of the remaining members.
  • 116 Members Remain Without Power Monday, July 24, 2017
    As of 7:30 a.m., Southwestern Electric crews are working to restore power the remaining 116 members without power.
  • Members Asked To Prepare For Overnight Outages Sunday, July 23, 2017
    Southwestern Electric crews continue to make progress restoring service this evening after today’s storm interrupted power to 3,300 cooperative members. At 11:30 p.m., about 400 members remained without power.
  • Southwestern Recruits Additional Crews to Speed Repairs; 1,247 Members Without Power Sunday, July 23, 2017
    Southwestern Electric Crews Continue to Make Repairs; 1,247 Remain Wither Power
  • Southwestern Electric Crews Continue to Make Repairs; 1,852 Remain Wither Power Sunday, July 23, 2017
    Southwestern Electric crews have made significant progress restoring electricity after a severe storm came through the cooperative's service area early this morning.
  • Storm Interrupts Power to More Than 3,300 Members Sunday, July 23, 2017
    More than 3,300 Southwestern Electric members are without power after a storm brought high winds and lightning to the cooperative's service area this morning. Members in Madison, Bond, Effingham and Fayette counties are affected by the outages.