For immediate release:
9:30 p.m. – Sunday, May 17, 2020
San Isabel Electric lineworkers are working to restore power to about 1,200 meters in Huerfano County. Co-op members in the Majors Ranch, Gardner area, as well as a portion of Twin Lakes and about a third of Walsenburg are without power.
The outage began shortly after 6 p.m. and is affecting a substation. Crews have determined the cause of the outage is on lines feeding the sub and are working to locate and isolate the cause as quickly and as safely as possible.
At the time of this press release, crews were anticipating attempting to restore power to about 300 meters in the Walsenburg area before 10 p.m. Those members are likely to experience intermittent power, or short-term outages lasting about 5 to 10 minutes, while crews work to restore power.
Once all issues have been identified, we will be able to determine the work involved to make repairs and have a better idea of when power may be safely restored to the areas still without power.
San Isabel Electric provides updates at siea.com, every two hours, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. until power is restored.
San Isabel Electric’s outage restoration policy is to make repairs that will restore service to the most people in the least amount of time. Transmission lines and substations are repaired first, followed by distribution lines that feed neighborhoods. Tap lines and individual service lines are then repaired to restore power to customers who may still be without electricity.
San Isabel Electric is a cooperative utility, owned by a group of member-owners, that together provide electricity in remote, rural areas where larger, investor-owned utilities don’t find it profitable enough to serve.
A large portion of the electric cooperative’s lines and equipment are in remote-rural areas and/or are in rugged-terrain, not accessible by roads or vehicles. These areas are difficult to access during good weather and even more difficult to access when it’s dark. Lineworkers often face arduous weather and road conditions making their job very difficult and dangerous.
From our office staff to those out in the field, we appreciate your patience as we work to restore power as quickly as safely possible for everyone involved.
As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving nearly 20,000 member-owners and 24,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.