News Room

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

  • Fuse Interrupts Power to 225 Members Monday, March 19, 2018
    About 225 members south of Vandalia lost power this morning due to a fuse operation at Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s Shobonier Substation. Crews are currently on site investigating the source of the damage and making repairs.
  • Crews Making Repairs in Madison County Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    A damaged lightning arrestor has interrupted power to about 650 Madison County members this morning. Southwestern Electric crews are on site making repairs.
  • Payment Processing Systems Unavailable During January 14 Maintenance Friday, January 12, 2018
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s payment processing systems will be unavailable Sunday, January 14, from midnight to 4 a.m., while we perform system maintenance. No payments will be processed during this time. We will resume processing payments Sunday at 4:01 a.m.
  • Power Restored to Southwestern Members Tuesday, January 2, 2018
    At about 3:15 p.m., an Ameren transmission line failure interrupted power to Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s St. Jacob, Edwardsville and Fruit Substations. The outage affected 3,000 members in Madison and St. Clair Counties.
  • Ameren Transmission Line Failure Affects 3,000 Members Tuesday, January 2, 2018
    At about 3:15 p.m., an Ameren transmission line failure interrupted power to three Southwestern Electric substations, affecting 3,000 members in Madison and St. Clair Counties.
  • 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.