Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative strives to keep outages to a minimum. Unfortunately though, they are going to happen but be assured that when the power does go out we are working to restore your electric service as safely and quickly as possible. Please use the information here to help be better prepared for when an outage happens and to know how to report your outage.
Outages happen, but you might not be alone. Click the button below to see if any outages have been reported.View Outage Map
University of Washington has an excellent Basic Electrical Safety page on their website. Click the button below to learn more about Electrical SafetyMore Info
Texas Department of Insurance has great information about power line safety on their website. You can visit it by tapping the button below.More Info
Weather.gov has much more information about how to stay safe during and after a storm. Visit their storm safety page at the button below.More Info
The Red Cross has a great resource on safe generator operation. Visit their website at the button below.More Info
Don’t get caught in the dark. An ounce of preparation can pay off huge in the event of a power outage. We have a few tips you can use to make certain your family or business is ready for the next big storm.
Create a family emergency plan.
CBEC employees work every day to ensure your electricity is always available when you need it.
CBEC regularly plans projects to upgrade power lines. Upgrades can more than double the capacity compared with the old lines. They also improve service reliability. In addition, these upgrades give crews the opportunity to restore service through load transfers, something that's not possible without replacing lines.
CBEC and its contractors work to improve service to members by rephasing power lines and installing new utility poles. Where needed, crews replace poles, increasing the load capacity of power lines.
CBEC installs underground power lines to serve members. The Cooperative monitors the performance of these cables and, as needed, proactively replaces them with new, better-designed conductors. The replacement cables have a longer life and are more reliable and cost effective.
Each substation contains a wide array of equipment, including transformers, lightning arrestors, circuit breakers, insulators and more. A power transformer performs the heavy work, altering voltage as needed.
Substation technicians at CBEC perform a variety of tasks.
CBEC uses ground patrol and aerial patrol as techniques to discover potential problem areas.
Inspections often find the following types of problems: