It’s hurricane season, and every year we face the potential of devastating weather visiting our community. While we hope to be spared this year, it’s important that you are prepared for a hurricane and that you understand how JOEMC works to restore power after a major storm.

Cooperative personnel are storm-tested and ready to put their expertise to work after a storm rolls through our area. Crews follow a process to restore power as quickly and safely as possible to the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time. Here’s how they do it:

  1. Transmission Lines: These are high-voltage lines that move bulk electricity from a generating plant to a substation or between substations. A problem with one of these lines could interrupt the electric power to several thousand members. These lines supply power to one or more substations throughout the service area.
  2. Substations: Substations are electrical facilities that contain equipment for switching or regulating the voltage of electricity. If a problem occurs in a substation, it will cause all of the homes and businesses served by the substation to be out of service. This could affect hundreds or thousands of people.
  3. Main Distribution Lines: These lines are checked next. They carry electricity from a substation to a group of consumers that live in the same community. When power is restored here, all customers served by this line could have power to their homes as long as there is no problem farther down the line.
  4. Tap Lines: Tap lines are lines with limited capacity that carry power to utility poles or underground transformers from the main distribution lines. Tap lines provide electric service to a smaller group of members.
  5. Individual Services: This is the line that runs from the transformer to your home. A problem here would only affect the electric service to an individual member, while the remaining system would still have electric service.