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How Power is Restored

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When a power outage occurs, the Cherokee Electric Cooperative’s goal is to identify the problem and restore electric service to as many members as possible with each step of the process.

1. First, high voltage transmission lines and major substations are checked. Though they are rarely damaged, they often serve thousands of people.

2. Next, local distribution substations are checked. These substations often serve hundreds, sometimes thousands of people. The problem can often lie in a substation’s electrical system.

3. Next, distribution lines to neighborhoods and individual homes are checked. These are most often damaged by fallen trees or limbs (which is why your cooperative works hard to keep right-of-way growth cut back).

4. Last, but certainly not least, isolated outages are repaired. This occurs when the service line or transformer for an individual home is damaged.