What Causes Power Outages?

There are many different reasons why an outage may occur, but the majority of non-company power interferences come from fallen trees and branches during storms. Having a well-maintained right-of-way decreases these types of outages. Therefore your EMC has an ongoing plan that keeps your power lines free of limbs and tall growing brush. Please help your EMC by allowing this necessary tree trimming on your property. If you are in the planting mood, try to plant new trees well away from power lines (at least 30 feet) to avoid problems in the future.

Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done to decrease the number of outages caused by nature, vehicle/equipment accidents or fires. Customers can help with what we call "customer problem" outages. These are outages on the consumer side of the meter, meaning that a check of the circuit breaker most likely will fix the problem. An outage summary is featured below.

Lightning: Caused by thunderstorms
Wind: Caused by storms
Snow and Ice: Caused by winter storms
Trees Inside Right-of-Way: Trees planted too close to power lines
Squirrels or Other Animals on Lines: Caused by animals on the line
Vehicles: Running into poles; accidents
Fires: Home/Business or brush burning
Consumer Problems: Tripped breakers
Unknown: Some outages are caused by unknown reasons

Since news of the COVID-19 virus hit our area, we have paid special attention to all the information coming out both on a national and local level. That includes information from our state and local government officials, as well as the information coming from the CDC and the Coronavirus Task Force.  As more information concerning the virus and its potential effects on our families and our community, comes out, we’ve made changes in how we are working to protect you and our employees. 
 
Effective Monday, March 23, Coweta Fayette EMC will further limit its daily work activities to include only essential services. This means we will continue responding to outages, maintaining our call center, and addressing various reliability issues. However, all other non-essential activities and services are being suspended until further notice. Our lobbies will remain closed but the drive-thrus at all locations are open. Members can still utilize our many online options to monitor account activity through our member portal, send service request or make payments. You can also download our free CFEMC app (available in the App Store or on Google Play).   
 
Our focus is the safety and welfare of our employees and their families, while at the same time providing you, our member, with reliable and dependable electric service. 
 
CFEMC knows this is a stressful time for everyone. Rest assured, we’ll continue to provide you with the reliable, dependable electric service you are accustomed to. We urge you to take precautions for the health and welfare of your family as well. Please continue good health habits such as washing your hands and sanitizing frequently touched areas. We also encourage you to practice social distancing. CFEMC prepares for a variety of crises. While this isn’t an outage situation caused by a major storm, our emergency plans are updated frequently, and we feel confident in our ability to keep your lights on while keeping both our employees and you safe.