Power Outage Common Causes
There are many different reasons why an outage may occur, but the majority of non-company power interferences come from fallen trees and branches during storms. Having a well-maintained right-of-way decreases these types of outages. Therefore your EMC has an ongoing plan that keeps your power lines free of limbs and tall growing brush. Please help your EMC by allowing this necessary tree trimming on your property. If you are in the planting mood, try to plant new trees well away from power lines (at least 30 feet) to avoid problems in the future.
Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done to decrease the number of outages caused by nature, vehicle/equipment accidents or fires. Customers can help with what we call “customer problem” outages. These are outages on the consumer side of the meter, meaning that a check of the circuit breaker most likely will fix the problem. An outage summary of 2016 year end is featured below.