Union Power Cooperative Planned Outage Notification
February 10, 2021
This Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021,we are scheduled to assist Duke Energy with performing essential work on the electrical system that will cause a temporary interruption in service between 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
We know being without power is inconvenient, and we do not take the decision lightly. Due to the cold temperature, and because many people work from home throughout the week, we’ve taken careful consideration to schedule the outage at this time to minimize the impacts on our members.
Why Are We Planning a Power Outage?
Planned power outages are sometimes necessary to make improvements and repairs to our system. Most of the time, we can do this with no impact on you, but occasionally, we need to interrupt service to allow our crews to work safely. Planned outages are infrequent, and we make every effort to notify members ahead of time and shorten the outage time as much as possible.
How to Prepare
To make the outage time safe and more comfortable for you and your family, here are a few steps you can take:
- If you rely on medical equipment dependent on electricity, have a plan to maintain use of your equipment during the outage.
- Charge your cell phones. Cordless phones will not work during the power outage.
- Unplug computers, televisions, and sensitive electronics.
- Notify your home security company.
- Know how to manually operate garage doors and electric gates.
- Minimize opening refrigerator and freezer doors during the outage.
- Check to make sure all heat-producing appliances (stoves, toaster ovens, irons, and hair curlers) are turned off. This will minimize any fire hazard if the power is restored while you’re away.
- Notify employees and customers as needed.
- Notify your alarm and phone company; these systems can be affected.
- Unplug any sensitive electronic equipment such as computers and testing instruments.
- Think about work conflicts at your building, such as janitorial services and deliveries.
- Consider time required to startup specialized equipment.
- Remember that electrical systems you rely on will be unavailable during the outage such as, elevators, electronic access systems, or refrigeration.
Unless installed by a licensed electrician, standby or portable generators should NOT be connected to any electrical outlet. Failure to install a standby generator safely and properly could endanger you, our employees, or the public.
We are committed to providing you with safe and reliable electric power and energy services and keeping our communities and employees safe. We ask that you be patient and know that we are taking every measure to restore your electric service as quickly and safely as possible, whether the outage is scheduled or unscheduled. If you have any questions, please call us at 704-289-3145.