Powering Up: Electric service is restored to maintain safety

Posted on May 07 2022 in Jay County REMC

When a major storm causes widespread damage, electricity cannot be restored with the flip of a switch. Here’s how it’s done methodically, efficiently and safely.

Every electric cooperative follows a basic principle when it comes to restoring power: priority is given to the lines that get the most back in service the quickest. Repairs start with …

Transmission lines. These high voltage lines carry electricity from generating plants to substations (or between substations). Since tens of thousands of people could be served by one transmission line, damage here needs to be taken care of first.

Substations. These electrical facilities contain equipment that switch or regulate the voltage of electricity. They lower the voltage from the transmission lines so the electricity can be transmitted through the distribution lines. Problems here can affect