Monthly Outage Summary:
During the month of December (2021), the Cooperative had a total of 48 outages, affecting 381 members. On December 15 and 16 we had a snowstorm followed by high winds, this accounted for the largest outages which affected 291 consumers. In the days following, there were a few more planned outages to make repairs to twisted power lines and broken poles. MCPA crews continue to be busy with general maintenance which includes upgrading line material, converting services on work plan projects, and changing out older transformers.
Most outages affect only one or two members. They are frequently caused by small animals, trees in the line, equipment failure, or motor vehicle/machinery accidents. Larger outages affecting hundreds of members at a time are usually caused by transmission outages, storms, equipment failure to substation equipment, or accidents. Restoration time on weekends and evening outages, when line crews are called out from home, usually takes a little longer to get back on than outages when crews are already out working on the project.
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2021 Outage Summary:
January: 45 outages, 89 members 51.24 average minutes
February: 47 outages, 154 members, 30.41 average minutes
March: 67 outages, 1050 members, 50.08 average minutes
April: 74 outages, 152 members, 81.07 average minutes
May: 53 outages, 223 members, 82.28 average minutes
June: 78 outages 1,185 members, 94.26 average minutes
July: 77 outages, 406 members, 130.28 average minutes
August: 107 outages, 414 members, 123.27 average minutes
September: 75 outages, 210 members, 90.55 average minutes
October: 81 outages, 270 members, 89.07average minutes
November: 57 outages, 123 members, 59.25 minutes
December: 48 outages, 381 members, 147.31 minutes
What’s causing these outages:
Power supply – .12 %
Planned – 54.31 %
Equipment – 2.59 %
Maintenance – 8.53 %
Weather – 8.53 %
Animals – 10.49 %
Public – 5.55 %
Other – 3.21 %
Cause unknown – 6.67 %View the Outage Map
To report a power outage or emergency situation, call the McLeod Co-op Power at 1.800.927.5685, anytime 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Check the fuses or breakers in your home or main breaker on the pole, to make sure outage is not caused by equipment or fuse failure on your side of the meter.
- Call your neighbors. Ask if their power is also off and ask if they have reported it yet. Please do not take for granted that the outage has been reported.
- Call McLeod Cooperative Power to report your outage. Please be prepared to give your name, address, location number, and telephone number for the account without power.
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Winter & Summer Precautions
How prepared are you for a storm that might leave you without electricity for an extended period of time? Could your family be self-sufficient if the power was out for a week?
Planning ahead can make the experience much easier. You do not have to complete survival training; just have the critical supplies at your house before the storm, and follow some common-sense guidelines.
Critical supplies to have at home:
- At least one telephone that does not require electricity to operate or recharge.
- Bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person).
- Flashlights and extra batteries.
- Canned food and a manual can opener.
- First aid kit, prescription medications, candles, matches, and a portable radio.
- Consider investing in a generator.
- Listen to weather updates for freezing rain or severe blizzard conditions.