News Room

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

  • Avoid Downed Power Lines Sunday, June 18, 2017
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative has received reports of a power line down across Fayette County Road 2, south of E 50th Avenue, south of Altamont. Members are cautioned not to drive over or go near downed lines. “A downed line could be energized, or become energized at any moment,” said Joe Richardson, communications coordinator for the cooperative. “All downed power lines should be avoided. Members are asked to report downed power lines to the cooperative at (800) 637-8667.
  • Co-op Crews Make Significant Progress In Restoration Efforts Sunday, June 18, 2017
    Southwestern Electric crews have made significant progress restoring power after an overnight storm interrupted service to about 1,700 cooperative members. As of 7:30 a.m., crews had restored power to 1,200 Southwestern Electric members. About 300 Fayette County members remained without service and 200 members in Effingham County were without power. The remaining outages were scattered across Bond, Clay, Madison and Marion counties.
  • Southwestern Enlists Contract Crews; Linemen Working To Repair Significant Damage Near Edgewood Sunday, June 18, 2017
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative has requested assistance from contract crews to expedite repairs in Effingham County, near Edgewood Substation. “Our crews have reported four broken transmission poles that support the lines providing power to Edgewood Sub,” said Joe Richardson, communications coordinator for the cooperative. “These are large poles that are much more difficult to replace than a distribution pole. Even with the additional linemen, we don’t expect those repairs to be complete until this afternoon.”
  • Crews Working To Restore Power; 1,630 Members Without Service Sunday, June 18, 2017
    Crews are working to restore power throughout the cooperative's service area this morning after strong storms broke utility poles and dropped power lines.
  • Nearly 1,600 Members Without Power Sunday, June 18, 2017
    Close to 1,600 Southwestern Electric members are without power this morning after strong storms swept across the cooperative’s service area. Members in seven counties are affected by the outages. In Fayette County, about 1,250 members are without service. About 200 members are without power in Effingham County and close to 100 members in Shelby County have lost power.
  • Southwestern Crews Restore Power to 430 Members Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    As of 11 p.m., crews had restored service to 430 members who lost power after a storm brought strong winds and lightning to Southwestern Illinois. More than 700 members lost power due to the storm.
  • Crews Making Repairs; More than 700 Members Without Power Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    More than 700 Southwestern Electric members are without power this evening after a storm brought high winds and lightning to the cooperative's service area. Members in Madison, Fayette, Effingham and Clinton counties are affected by the outages.
  • Storm Interrupts Power to More Than 625 Members Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    More than 625 Southwestern Electric members are without power this evening after a storm brought high winds and lightning to the cooperative's service area. Members in Madison, Fayette and Clinton counties are affected by the outages. Linemen are currently in the field, and operations and engineering personnel are coordinating repair efforts.
  • Bond County Linemen Assisting Madison County Crews Friday, May 19, 2017
    About 200 Madison County members are without power this morning after a powerful thunderstorm brought down trees, broke poles and power lines, and tripped breakers throughout the county. Bond County crews have been deployed to assist Madison County linemen with repairs.
  • Crews Working to Restore Power to 180 Madison County Members Friday, May 19, 2017
    Southwestern linemen are working to restore power to about 180 Madison County members this morning. The first outages were reported at 5:45 a.m., as thunderstorms passed through the area tripping breakers and dropping trees into lines. As of 7:15 a.m., most of the outages were along Seiler Road, with higher concentrations along Highway 159, Prairietown Road, and Old Moro Road.