Checklist of Things to Do When an Outage Occurs
Steps to Restoring Power
Restoring power after a major outage involves much more than simply throwing a switch or removing a tree from a line. Download our Steps to Restoring Power (PDF) or follow the steps below to see how SVEC restores power.
1. High Voltage Transmission Lines
Transmission towers and cables that supply power to transmission substations (and thousands of members) rarely fail. But when damaged, these facilities must be repaired before other parts of the system can operate.
2. Distribution Substation
A substation can serve hundreds or thousands of consumers. When a major outage occurs, line crews inspect substations to determine if problems stem from transmission lines feeding into the substation, the substation itself or if problems exist further down the line.
3. Main Distribution Lines
If the problem cannot be isolated at a distribution substation, distribution lines are checked. These lines carry power to large groups of consumers in communities or housing developments.
4. Tap Lines
If local outages persist, supply lines (also known as tap lines) are inspected. These lines deliver power to transformerss, either mounted on poles or placed on pads for underground service, outside businesses, schools, and homes.
5. Individual Homes
If your home remains without power, the service line between a transformer and your residence may need to be repaired. Always call to report an outage to help line crews isolate local issues.