Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Outage Press Release
CVEC has about 25 crews working in the field to respond to a significant damage. Clearly this was a major weather event with a broad and significant impact that will extend into tomorrow, with the probability that some members will be without service into Friday, particularly if the winds behind the snow storm add additional damage. By way of comparison, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, our sister to the north has 54,000 reported outages.
CVEC peaked at 25,000 members without service this afternoon, mostly due to a loss of transmission services to 8 -10 substations causing a loss of service to all members until transmission service was restored. In the two hours, Dominion transmission services have been restored for the Wintergreen and Laurel Springs substations. Dispatchers are working to bring the Martins Store and Midway substations back on line. Work will still need to be done to repair damage on the distribution system for full power restoration.
In addition, Appalachian transmission services have restored power to the Schuyler, Gladstone, Piney River and Tower Hill substation. No word yet on delivery to the Colleen or Centenary substations. Work will still need to be performed on the distribution system before all members have power.
Crews are working on damage to the distribution system in all substation areas, most of which was cause by trees growing outside of the 40-foot CVEC right-of-way falling into the power lines. Given the widespread damage, CVEC will work to restore as many services as possible today, knows that tomorrow will be a full day, and expects that some outages might remain into Friday. Estimates of power restoration for an individual service are not possible given the scope of the damage and other variables, including additional damage that may occur as a result of high winds that follow the snow storm.
To compound matters, CVEC has limited phone service and is awaiting the restoration of our toll-free number by Verizon.
CVEC reminds members to stay clear of downed power lines to avoid injury or worse.
Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit, electric utility serving the rural portions of 14 Virginia counties.