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UPDATE – 1/5/2020 – Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) crews and contractors have been working since the early morning hours of Monday, January 3 to restore electrical service to members who have been affected by weather-related power outages.

Between 6:30 a.m. on Monday and 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, SMECO counted 78,600 customers affected by power cuts; some of them experienced multiple interruptions. More than 72,300 have been energized and restored.

As of 11:30 am, approximately 5,266 customers remained without power. SMECO spokesperson Tom Dennison said, “Our SMECO teams and contractor teams are working diligently to restore electrical service to as many people as possible, as quickly and safely as possible. We have about 914 outages in St. Mary’s County and are hopeful that most of them will be restored tonight. We have about 1,092 outages in Calvert County, and most of them should get power tonight. In Charles and Prince George counties, we have a total of approximately 3,260 customers without power. Many of them may not have restored service until tomorrow night.

Dennison added, “In every part of our service territory, we experienced 60 power outages, or 25% of our power supplies. All feeds have been restored except for one feed to our Grayton substation. The majority of the outages we are currently working on were caused by heavy snowfall on branches and trees, which crews have to remove with chainsaws before repairing power lines. We also have a lot of broken arms, as well as poles. »SMECO teams ensure that substation supplies and main distribution lines are operational before carrying out repairs on branch lines and individual service lines.

SMECO’s power outage status, useful information and a fault reporting link are available at smeco.coop/outage.


SOUTH OF MARYLAND – Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) crews and contractors worked throughout the day to restore electrical service to members who were affected by weather-related power outages.

According to SMECO spokesperson Tom Dennison, “While we have made progress and restored service to over 33,000 people since Monday afternoon, the majority of the remaining outages that need to be fixed will take time. If a row has multiple trees or branches down, each repair should be done individually. And if we get a cover of ice tonight on top of the heavy snow already on the trees, we could experience additional blackouts. At present, we plan to restore service to most customers in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties by late Wednesday evening, and most customers in Charles and Prince George could have power restored. ‘here Thursday evening.
At 8:18 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, the SMECO outage map showed approximately 11,680 people without service.

SMECO’s line crews, along with contractors from Sumter, Penn Line, AUI Power, CW Wright and Utility Lines, are working to restore power to areas affected by blackouts. SMECO’s electricity restoration procedures prioritize repairs that will restore service to as many people as possible in the shortest possible time. Crews ensure substation supplies and major distribution lines are operational before making repairs to branch lines and individual service lines.

Anyone can view the status of SMECO power outages, find useful information or report an outage on the cooperative’s outage map at smeco.coop/outage.


UPDATE – Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) released the following update this afternoon:

At our peak on Monday afternoon at 3pm, we had over 45,000 customers without power. We were able to restore service to thousands of people on Monday and at 12:33 p.m. on January 4 we have 17,957 people without service.

Most of the power supplies have been restored, but the remaining failures will take some time to repair. In addition, for every repair we perform, only a few people will be turned on again.

Although a line can have multiple trees or branches down, each incident must be repaired individually, and repairing these types of incidents takes time.

In the event of a power failure, we know accurate recovery times are important. On a normal day, when a failure is reported, the crew assesses the extent of the damage and calculates the time it will take to safely repair the damage. Once done, they enter an ETR into SMECO’s fault management system and that ETR appears on the SMECO fault map. During a generalized failure, there can be several reasons for a specific failure, which is why SMECO does not provide an estimated time to restore (ETR) for each failure. Once the most important causes have been resolved, more specific information about the failures may be available.


SOUTH OF MARYLAND – The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) worked all day to restore electrical service for members who were affected by weather-related power outages.

According to SMECO spokesperson Tom Dennison, “With a foot of snow or more in parts of SMECO’s service area, this winter storm caused power outages in southern Maryland.”

Line crews from SMECO, along with contractor teams from Sumter and Penn Line, worked to restore power to areas affected by blackouts. In accordance with SMECO’s electricity restoration policy aimed at carrying out repairs that will restore service to as many people as possible in the shortest possible time, the teams ensure that the supplies to the substations and the main distribution lines are cleared of felled trees and branches and are operational prior to making repairs to branch lines and individual service lines.

Dennison added, “This heavy wet snowfall not only caused power outages, but also made driving conditions unsafe and delayed line crews. While we are working to restore service until late tonight, most of our crews will take an overnight break and resume work at 5am Tuesday. “

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the teams were able to put thousands of customers back into service by repairing 18 departures. Currently, 20 of SMECO’s feeders remain offline. At 8:45 p.m., the SMECO breakdown map showed more than 27,100 customers without electricity and more than 770 incidents.

Anyone can view the status of SMECO power outages, find useful information or report an outage on the cooperative’s outage map at smeco.coop/outage.

Maria D. Ervin