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Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Update

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Central Virginia Electric Cooperative
Press Release

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative Outage Status

CVEC has 40 crews working to restore service along 3-phase lines, the major circuits that exit substations in order to get power restored to the most people as soon as possible.  Other crews are working on tap lines, the single phase lines that branch off from the primary feeder lines.

Our goal is to have the 3-phase lines clear by the end of today and all of the single phase lines clear by tomorrow night, leaving outages that affect individual members for completion on Saturday and Sunday if necessary.

CVEC has 10,000 members without power.  Reports from the field indicate that the damage to the distribution system is comparable to what we saw during Hurricane Isabel in 2003.  And similar to a hurricane, the day after the event often presents beautiful weather, making it difficult to understand why power is not available.

For any given member, there is a good probability that there are 5 or more fault locations between the substation and the member's home.  A tree on a power line, a line on the ground, a broken pole, each fault location blocks the flow of power until repairs are made at that trouble site and everyone other fault location down line.

While every member wants a time estimate on power restoration, the reality is that crews are working their way toward each member and are finding multiple fault locations as they proceed.

CVEC should know more as the crews make progress this evening, allowing us to provide revised estimate of the overall restoration process.

CVEC has seen issues with our toll-free number has another ticket open with Verizon. Until that is resolved, please report outages online at www.mycvec.com, where you can also track restoration progress by viewing the outage status map.  Members who are unable to reach us on the web page can report an outage by e-mailing:  cs@mycvec.com.

Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit, electric utility serving the rural portions of 14 Virginia counties.

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