NEWS:

July 25, 2014 Update on Power Restoration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Power has been restored to areas unaffected by the wildfires.  

 

The majority of our services except services in the areas of Beaver Creek, Loup Loup and Finley Canyon that were damaged by the wildfires.  Crews are making the rounds to re-connect generator connected services.  There are three crews tackling this task so it'll be done as soon as possible.  

 

July 24, 2014 Update on Power Restoration

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The PUD will be energizing the Highway 20 (Loup Loup) transmission line tomorrow afternoon, July 25, 2014. 

OCEC will be energizing the majority of our services except services in the areas of Beaver Creek, Loup Loup and Finley Canyon that were damaged by the wildfires.

Customers who have notified OCEC of their personal generators hooked to meter bases; OCEC crews will be inspecting and ensuring that they can safely receive power.  Customers who have not notified OCEC of their generators will be responsible for ensuring that they can safely receive power when it is restored.

Updates will be provided as needed.

Okanogan County Energy (Propane Customers): Please contact our office for any services you need, all of our propane technicians and delivery drivers are working hard to reach everyone.  The wildfire has created special circumstances for many customers and we are prioritizing those who need immediate assistance. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to serving you.

For more information please contact our office at 509-996-2228 or stop by if you cannot get through we have extended our office hours during this time.

 

 

July 24, 2014 Safety Bulletin

GENERATORS (Direct wired into meter base)
•  OCEC must be notified IMMEDIATELY if a generator is connected directly to a meter base.

•  OCEC line crews will be disconnecting transformers at all known meter base installs as a safety precaution. If a generator is still connected to a meter base when the main line is re-energized there is potential for safety hazards as well as damage to the generator.

•  Once the mainline power is connected crews will begin reconnecting transformers. Please contact OCEC to coordinate this with your generator disconnects.

 
REPAIRS

•  Okanogan County Electric Cooperative is responsible for all repairs on electrical services from the line to the transformer.

•  If you have an overhead service OCEC is responsible to the weatherhead, while homeowners are responsible to the panel.

•  If you have underground services homeowners are responsible for all repairs from the transformer to the panel. Contact a licensed electrician for these repairs.

 
GENERAL HOME SAFETY
  • It is advised that you check your home for lights and appliances that may need to be shut off or unplugged in anticipation of the power being restored; this will reduce the chance of a major draw on the power lines.
OCEC staff may be reached at 996-2228, we have extended our office hours during this time.
 
July 24, 2014 Information Release:
 
UPDATE ON POWER RESTORATION
Most of OCEC members will have power restored when the transmission line along Highway 20 (Loup Loup) is energized by PUD line crews.
 
According to the PUD, the current best estimate for restoring power is this weekend, unless fire or weather conditions change along the line.
 
In addition to the reconstruction of the PUD transmission line OCEC has about 80 poles that were destroyed, primarily in the Beaver Creek, Loup Loup and Finley Canyon areas. We are currently working with the assistance of two sister cooperative crews to restore power to these areas. There is potential for these areas to have delayed power restoration.
 
We will be attempting to notify members in advance of the power restoration to assist with all members safely preparing for power to be re-connected.
 
For more information please contact our office at 509-996-2228 or stop by if you cannot get through we have extended our office hours during this time.

 

 
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