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Weather, Animals, and Trees, All Share the Blame
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Most often, power outages are caused by factors beyond our control.

In the summer months, power outages are often caused by animals such as birds and squirrels coming in contact with our equipment, especially in the early morning hours.

In the winter months, power outages are really all about the weather. Snow storms, ice storms, and wind storms can all cause trees to fall on our power lines or cause the wires themselves to be knocked down.

Our vegetation management team routinely inspects vegetation growing near power lines to identify potential hazards, then either prunes or removes any hazardous trees. Unfortunately, they can't get them all.

Since 2013, a major effort has been underway to rebuild old sections of our electric infrastructure that had reached the end of their usable life, as well as sections that were frequently causing trouble. The rebuild projects are part of the co-opís long-term strategy to provide reliable power, keep operational costs down, and ensure steady rates for many years to come.

If you come across a fallen or damaged power line, keep a safe distance ó at least the length of a city bus.

Another common cause of power outages, that can happen at any time of the year, is motor vehicle accidents that damage power poles. Power may go out immediately due to the impact of the vehicle, or crews may need to disconnect power when they arrive on site to make the area safe and facilitate repairs. Because electricity can travel through vehicles, an accident involving our equipment can be extremely dangerous, so please keep your distance.

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