Mother Nature is not always responsible
While the weather may be severe at times, Mother Nature is not always responsible for power outages. For example:
- Some outages occur when an automobile or other accident occurs causing a power pole or power line to be knocked down.
- Outages do occur from time to time for routine maintenance or upgrades.
- Some outages occur when the demand for electricity exceeds the ability to supply it. High demand can result in rolling blackouts. While Dixie Electric hasn’t had this type of outage in the past, the employees of Dixie Electric participate in an annual drill in coordination with Cooperative Energy. Cooperative Energy is Dixie Electric’s wholesale electric energy provider.
- Acts of vandalism can also damage equipment resulting in outages.
- Animals, such as squirrels, can also cause power outages when they play on power lines and transformers.
Keep in mind, these types of outages are only temporary. In most instances, they provide us the chance to improve our delivery of safe and reliable electric power to your home.