News Room

Media Contact:
Communications Department, Southwestern Electric Cooperative
E-mail: joe.richardson@sweci.com 
Phone: (800) 637-8667

  • Southwestern Electric St. Jacob Office Closed Today Monday, January 6, 2014
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s St. Jacob office is closed today due to road conditions.
  • Southwestern Linemen Continue Restoration Efforts With Aid of Road Crews Monday, January 6, 2014
    Southwestern Electric linemen are working to restore power to about 150 co-op members in Fayette and Effingham counties this morning.
  • Southwestern Members Urged To Prepare For Extended Outage, Seek Shelter From Cold Sunday, January 5, 2014
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative is urging members without power to find a safe, warm shelter. “We’re asking our members to prepare for an extended outage,” said Joe Richardson, the co-op’s director of communications. “High winds and drifting snow have created dangerous travel conditions throughout our service area,” Richardson said. “To ensure the safety of our line crews, we’re dispatching trucks in teams of three. As a result, it will take us significantly longer to respond to outages,” he said. “Due to dangerously cold temperatures, members who depend on electricity for heat are strongly advised to find a safe, warm shelter until power is restored.”
  • Southwestern Crews Continue Restoration Efforts Sunday, January 5, 2014
    Southwestern Electric line crews are working to restore electricity to 225 cooperative members who remain without power this evening.
  • Southwestern Crews Battle Wind And Treacherous Driving Conditions As Restoration Efforts Continue Sunday, January 5, 2014
    Southwestern Electric line crews are working to restore power to 360 cooperative members this afternoon. Most of the outages are concentrated in Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, said Joe Richardson, director of communications for the cooperative.
  • Southwestern Line Crews Responding to Outages Sunday, January 5, 2014
    About 350 Southwestern Electric members are without power this afternoon. Most of the outages are in Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, said Joe Richardson, director of communications for the cooperative.
  • Southwestern Prepares For Severe Weather, Urges Members to Form Outage Safety Plan Friday, January 3, 2014
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative will be leaving the lights on this weekend. With the National Weather Service forecasting heavy snow and severe cold across the co-op’s service area, Southwestern is stationing line crews at its facilities in Bond, Madison and Fayette counties.
  • Power Restored to Southwestern Members Sunday, December 15, 2013
    Southwestern Electric crews completed restoration efforts at 11:37 p.m. Saturday.
  • Crews Working to Restore Power to 175 Members Saturday, December 14, 2013
    Southwestern Electric line crews are working to restore power to 175 members in Bond and Madison counties this evening. Joe Richardson, director of communications for Southwestern Electric Cooperative, said line crews would continue to work through the night until power was restored to all members.
  • About 400 Members Remain Without Power Saturday, December 14, 2013
    Linemen have restored power to more than 1,200 cooperative members since the first outages occurred early this morning. At 4:30 p.m., about 420 members remained without power.