Powering Up After an Outage

June 2022

When a storm passes, SVEC crews work long hours to restore service to the greatest number of consumers in the shortest time possible. Here’s a breakdown of the steps we take to make sure power is restored safely and efficiently.

High-Voltage Transmission Lines

These lines serve thousands of consumer-members and must be repaired before other parts of the system can operate.

Distribution Substations

Each substation serves hundreds, or even thousands, of members, so repairing equipment here can restore power to many households at once.

Main Distribution Feeders

Repairing damage to feeder lines can bring the lights back on for entire communities or housing developments.

Tap Lines

These smaller supply lines come next. They deliver power to transformers outside businesses, schools, and homes.

Service Lines

Homes that are still without power may require repairs to the service line between a transformer and the residence.