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Tracking Progress: AR Electric Co-ops Restore More than 3/4th

LITTLE ROCK (KAIT) - Thursday update from the statewide Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas office:

Today, approximately 45,336 members are without power as linemen and cooperative personnel continue to work to restore service. At the peak of the ice storm outages, this number was more than 204,300 for impacted cooperatives.

The number of linemen working to restore power, currently 3,302, continues to increase as the restoration process continues.

Linemen from electric cooperatives in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas are working to restore power at the cooperatives with the largest number of outages. Several contract line crews are also working across the service areas.

The cooperatives with outages include: Carroll Electric Cooperative, Berryville; Clay County Electric Cooperative, Corning; Craighead Electric Cooperative, Jonesboro; Farmers Electric Cooperative, Newport; Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Blytheville; North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Salem; Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Fayetteville; and Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, Clinton. (A chart is attached for outages by cooperative; cooperative service territory map is also attached)

The public is cautioned to avoid any downed power lines and to report them immediately to local authorities.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 490,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

To see how your local electric cooperative typically goes about the task of restoring electric services go to: http://www.aecc.com/content.cfm?id=2210


Today, approximately 56,031 members are without power. At the peak of the ice storm outages, this number was more than 202,000.

As restoration work continues, the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas continue to add to the number of crews working on the mass outages. As of 9:00 a.m. today, 3,229 line workers from 11 states are involved in the effort.

"In some instances, we are seeing progress," said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. "However, we continue to urge members in more remote areas to hope for the best, but plan for the worst."

Linemen from electric cooperatives in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas are working to restore power at the seven cooperatives with the largest number of outages. Several contract line crews are also working across the service areas.

The cooperatives with outages include: Carroll Electric Cooperative, Berryville; Clay County Electric Cooperative, Corning; Craighead Electric Cooperative, Jonesboro; Farmers Electric Cooperative, Newport; Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Blytheville;  North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Salem; Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Fayetteville; and Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, Clinton. (A chart is attached for outages by cooperative; cooperative service territory map is also attached)

 

The public is cautioned to avoid any downed power lines and to report them immediately to local authorities.

 

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 490,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

To see how your local electric cooperative typically goes about the task of restoring electric services go to: http://www.aecc.com/files/pdf/restoringpower/restoring_electricity.pdf

 

January 2009 Ice Storm Outage Report

Updated 9:00 a.m. Feb. 4, 2009

 

Electric

Current Member

Storm Peak

Storm Total

Current

Cooperative

Outages (est.)

Outages (est.)

Broken Poles (est.)

Broken Poles (est.)

Arkansas Valley

0

4,400

100

0

Carroll

7,350

57,500

1660

1,660

Clay

7,200

12,000

15,000

14,000

Craighead

7,500

17,000

3,300

4,000

Farmers

150

3,500

500

170

First

0

8,300

225

0

Mississippi County

486

3,000

1,000

400

North Arkansas

18,945

30,500

2,000

900

Ozarks

10,500

51,000

1,200

800

Petit Jean

3,900

13,000

1,000

700

Rich Mountain

0

800

0

0

Woodruff

0

1300

0

0

Totals

56,031

202,300

25,985

22,630


The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have restored power to more than 135,101 of the 198,800 members that were without power at the peak of the outages. Approximately 63,699 remain without power as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"The work of the thousands of men is to be commended," said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. "The crews continue to rebuild the distribution infrastructure and restore power to members. The distribution lines that must be reconstructed would basically stretch from Little Rock to Los Angeles."

More than 2,963 linemen from electric cooperatives in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas are working to restore power at the seven cooperatives with the largest number of outages. Several contract line crews are also working across the service areas.

The hardest hit systems are in northern Arkansas. The cooperatives with outages include: Carroll Electric Cooperative, Berryville; Clay County Electric Cooperative, Corning; Craighead Electric Cooperative, Jonesboro; Farmers Electric Cooperative, Newport; First Electric Cooperative, Jacksonville; Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Blytheville;  North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Salem; Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Fayetteville; and Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, Clinton. (A chart is attached for outages by cooperative; cooperative service territory map is also attached)

 

The public is cautioned to avoid any downed power lines and to report them immediately to local authorities.

 

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 490,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:

Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or rroedel@aeci.com

www.ecark.org


Little Rock, Ark. - Jan. 30, 2009 - Arkansas' electric cooperatives continue to make progress in restoring power to members in the aftermath of a devastating ice storm that left up to 198,000 members without power on Wednesday. As of 10 a.m. today, about 143,800 members remained with power, down from 161,000 on Thursday afternoon.

"Workers are continuing to make progress, but it is slow going because of the massive damage to the cooperatives' systems," said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. "As crews work, they continue to find more poles down and more damage to the infrastructure."

In addition to damage to the cooperatives' distribution systems, there are transmission lines out of service that must be restored by other companies. Once those are restored, the cooperatives expect the restoration process to accelerate.

More than 2,000 linemen from electric cooperatives in Arkansas and surrounding states are working to restore power.


Little Rock, Ark. - Jan. 29, 2009 - 10:30 a.m. - Ten of Arkansas' electric cooperatives continue to work today to restore power to more than 178,000 members. This number is down from a peak of approximately 198,000 members on Wednesday.

Damage to the cooperatives' distribution systems is extensive, with more than 7,800 poles down.

Collectively, it is the most catastrophic damage to the cooperatives' systems in their history.

Originally, 12 cooperatives were impacted by the ice storm. However, two cooperatives have fullyrestored power to members. "While progress is being made, many of the cooperatives are facing a long rebuilding process," said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. "It takes about one and one-half an hour to reset a pole. This does not include time needed to clear trees and mangled lines."

More than 2,000 linemen from electric cooperatives in Arkansas and surrounding states are working to restore power.

The hardest hit systems are in northern Arkansas. The cooperatives with outages include: Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, Ozark;

Carroll Electric Cooperative, Berryville;

Clay County Electric Cooperative, Corning;

Craighead Electric Cooperative, Jonesboro;

Farmers Electric Cooperative, Newport;

First Electric Cooperative, Jacksonville;

Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Blytheville;

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Salem;

Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Fayetteville;

and Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, Clinton. (A chart is attached for outages by cooperative; cooperative service territory map is also attached)

The public is cautioned to avoid any downed power lines and to report them immediately to local authorities.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 490,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

Updated 10 a.m. January 29, 2009

Cooperative Outages (est.); Broken Poles (est.)

Arkansas Valley 2,000; 35

Carroll 60,000; 600

Clay 12,500; 1,000

Craighead 15,000; 3,000

Farmers 3,500; 100

First 3,000; 100

Mississippi County 3,000; 500

North Arkansas 27,000; 1,500

Ozarks 45,500; 500

Petit Jean 6,500; 500

Rich Mountain 0; 0

Woodruff 40; 0

Totals 178,040; 7,835


Little Rock, Ark. - Jan. 28, 2009 - 4:30 p.m. -  As the electric cooperatives hit hardest by the disastrous ice storm accessed damage today, the number of damaged or downed poles reached about 6,475 and more than 189,000 members remain without power.

The cooperatives with the least amount of damage were able to restore power to many or all of their members. However, the cooperatives receiving the brunt of the storm spent much of the day accessing damage and finalizing work plans.

Additionally, a growing number of line and right-of-way crews from within and outside Arkansas are converging on the worst hit area. More than 400 crews, including out-of-state workers, will continue restoration efforts until power is restored.

Eleven of the state's 17 electric distribution cooperatives have varying degrees of outages with the hardest hit systems being in the northernmost sections of Arkansas. The cooperatives with outages include: Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, Ozark; Carroll Electric Cooperative, Berryville; Clay County Electric Cooperative, Corning; Craighead Electric Cooperative, Jonesboro; Farmers Electric Cooperative, Newport; First Electric Cooperative, Jacksonville; Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Blytheville;  North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Salem; Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Fayetteville; Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, Clinton; and Woodruff Electric Cooperative, Forrest City. (A chart is attached for outages by cooperative)

 

According to Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, the 2009 ice storm is one of the worst natural disasters to hit the northern section of the state.

 

The public is cautioned to avoid any downed power lines and to report them immediately to local authorities.

 

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 490,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:

Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or rroedel@aeci.com

www.ecark.org

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January 2009 Ice Storm Outage Report

Updated 3:00 p.m. January 28, 2009

Cooperative

Outages (est.)

Broken Poles (est.)

Arkansas Valley

4,400

50

Carroll

56,000

425

Clay

12,500

1,000

Craighead

15,000

2,000

Farmers

3,500

100

First

4,800

100

Mississippi County

3,000

500

North Arkansas

30,000

1,500

Ozarks

50,000

500

Petit Jean

10,000

300

Rich Mountain

0

0

Woodruff

40

0

Totals

189,240


Earlier:

As the storms move out of Arkansas, more than 187,000 electric cooperative members are without power and electric cooperatives in the northern section of the state are working to restore power. At last count more than 4,100 poles were on the ground.

More than 400 crews from within and outside Arkansas are in the field working to rebuild distribution systems and reestablish electric service to members.

Twelve of the state's 17 electric distribution cooperatives have varying degrees of outages with the hardest hit systems being in the northernmost sections of Arkansas. The cooperatives with outages include: Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, Ozark; Carroll Electric Cooperative, Berryville; Clay County Electric Cooperative, Corning; Craighead Electric Cooperative, Jonesboro; Farmers Electric Cooperative, Newport; First Electric Cooperative, Jacksonville; Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, Blytheville;  North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Salem; Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Fayetteville; Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, Clinton; and Woodruff Electric Cooperative, Forrest City. (See chart below for outages by cooperative)

According to Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, the 2009 ice storm is one of the worst natural disasters to hit the northern section of the state.

"It is difficult to comprehend, but at least one cooperative is 100 percent in the dark," White said. "The electric distribution systems have been built during the past 60 years, but one major ice storm can destroy the entire infrastructure."

White added that power will be restored as quickly and safely as possible by crews working around the clock.

The public is cautioned to avoid any downed power lines and to report them immediately to local authorities.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 490,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:

Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or rroedel@aeci.com

www.ecark.org

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January 2009 Ice Storm Outage Report

Updated 10:00 a.m. January 28, 2009

Cooperative

Outages (est.)

Broken Poles (est.)

Arkansas Valley

4,400

200

Carroll

56,000

425

Clay

12,500

1,000

Craighead

10,000

750

Farmers

2,000

100

First

8,200

100

Mississippi County

3,000

500

North Arkansas

30,000

500

Ozarks

50,000

500

Petit Jean

10,000

50

Rich Mountain

150

20

Woodruff

800

50

Totals

187,050

4,195

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