News Room

Media Contact:
Joe Richardson, Vice President of Communications
Phone: (800) 637-8667

  • Animal Disrupts Power at Smithboro Substation Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    About 560 Southwestern Electric members lost power this evening when an animal came into contact with circuits in the cooperative's Smithboro Substation.
  • Southwestern Electric Ready To Respond Saturday, January 14, 2017
    As precipitation continues to fall in Missouri and Illinois this morning, Southwestern Electric operations and engineering personnel are evaluating the weekend forecast. “So far we’ve experienced just a handful of outages, but we’re not letting our guard down,” said Bobby Williams, Southwestern’s chief operating officer.
  • Southwestern Electric Still On Storm Alert; Co-op Ready To Respond Friday, January 13, 2017
    Ice and freezing rain fell across Southwestern Electric’s service area Friday, but as of 9 p.m., the cooperative hadn’t experienced the extensive damage that typically accompanies a winter storm.
  • Restoring Power: Our Priority Is You Friday, January 13, 2017
    The details vary from one storm to the next, but the overall objective is always the same, and that’s to restore power to the greatest number of members in the shortest time.
  • Southwestern Electric Prepared For Winter Storm; Recruits Additional Crews Friday, January 13, 2017
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative has enlisted the aid of contract crews from three states in preparation for the winter storm expected to slam Illinois this weekend.
  • Verify Your Contact Number For Outage Updates Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Your phone is the fastest, surest means we have to provide you with outage updates, power restoration estimates, and to verify your service has been restored. Please make sure we have your preferred contact number on file. You can update or confirm your contact information through Online Bill Pay, our app, or by calling us at (800) 637-8667.
  • Ice Storm Presents Downed-Wire Dangers Thursday, January 12, 2017
    The National Weather Service is predicting a winter storm will deposit up to three-quarters of an inch of ice in the bistate area this weekend. We want to caution members to be alert for sagging or fallen lines, and treat every powerline as if it’s energized.
  • Generator Safety Pointers Thursday, January 12, 2017
    This weekend’s winter storm threatens to coat the bistate area in ice, creating a high potential for prolonged power outages. Southwestern Electric Cooperative is urging members who use generators to exercise caution.
  • Your Outage Safety Plan Thursday, January 12, 2017
    While Southwestern linemen work around the clock to restore power, even with the aid of contract crews, large scale repairs take time to complete. Develop a plan to weather an extended outage safely.
  • Southwestern Prepares For Severe Weather; Urges Members to Form Outage Safety Plan Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative crews are prepared for a labor-intensive weekend. With the National Weather Service forecasting ice and freezing rain across the bistate area, the co-op placed all line crews and operations personnel on alert earlier this week.