News Room

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

  • Strong Storms Interrupt Service to 975 Members; Crews Restore Power in Bond And Montgomery Counties Thursday, May 23, 2019
    A line of strong thunderstorms began pushing through South-Central Illinois shortly before 4 a.m., interrupting service to more than 975 Southwestern Electric Cooperative members.
  • Lightning Damages Breaker, Interrupts Power to Members in Effingham And Fayette Counties Sunday, May 19, 2019
    About 325 members in Effingham and Fayette counties lost power shortly after 5 p.m. when lightning damaged a breaker and fuses at Southwestern’s Edgewood Substation. Members south of I-70, west of I-57, and east of St. Peter were affected by the outage. Crews are on site, making repairs.
  • Automobile Accident Interrrupts Power to 560 Members Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    About 560 members in Effingham and Fayette counties lost power shortly before 7:30 a.m., when a vehicle struck a utility pole, breaking the pole and downing power lines.
  • Vehicle Accident Interrupts Power to 135 Members in Madison County Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    At 4:00 p.m. a vehicle struck a Southwestern Electric Cooperative power pole interrupting power to 135 Madison county members.
  • Crews Restoring Power As High Winds Persist Into Evening Thursday, March 14, 2019
    Southwestern Electric crews have restored power to more than 1,500 members today as high winds moved across the co-op’s service area, dropping trees into power lines, breaking poles and damaging fuses. Linemen will be on call throughout the evening, responding to outages as winds continue to buffet the Midwest.
  • Outage Affects 110 Members in Maryville; Crews Making Repairs Thursday, March 14, 2019
    About 110 members in Maryville are presently without power. Southwestern crews have identified the source of the outage and are repairing lines at Highway 159. Engineering and operations teams expect to restore service around 4 p.m.
  • Southwestern Crews Restore Power to Edwardsville Area Members Thursday, March 14, 2019
    Southwestern Electric crews have restored power to 950 Edwardsville area members who lost service late this morning after high winds dropped a tree through power lines, damaging poles and breakers. As of 2 p.m., about 50 co-op members were without service.
  • High Winds Present Downed-Wire Dangers Thursday, March 14, 2019
    The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Southwestern Illinois. The advisory, which forecasts gusts reaching 60 miles per hour, will be in effect until 7 p.m. Members who see downed or sagging power lines should stay clear of the area and contact Southwestern Electric Cooperative at (800) 637-8667
  • About 1,130 Members Without Power; Gusting Winds Moving Limbs Into Powerlines Thursday, March 14, 2019
    Southwestern crews are responding to outages in several counties this hour as high winds pummel Missouri and Illinois, bringing down trees and moving limbs into power lines. As of 12:15 p.m., about 1,130 members were without power.
  • High Winds Causing Blinks, Isolated Outages Thursday, March 14, 2019
    Southwestern crews are responding to three outages this hour as high winds buffet the cooperative’s service area. About 210 members in Fayette County, south of Shobonier, are without power. Crews are patrolling lines to isolate the cause of the outage.