Alder Yannette Figueroa Cole
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Storm Related MG&E Update
Update from MG&E
June 14, 2022, 9:30 p.m.
MGE Responding to Storm-Related Outages
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) continues to restore service to customers impacted by Monday afternoon's storm. Approximately 2,600 customers are still without service as of 9:30 p.m. this evening.
Due to the extent of the storm damage, we expect that many customers who are currently without power will not be restored by morning. MGE will have crews working around the clock to restore power and conduct system restoration activities through the overnight hours and Wednesday. MGE has not seen damage this significant for more than 30 years and the number of separate incidents is extremely rare in our territory. Since the start of this event, we have brought in significant numbers of additional crews from other utilities and contractors to assist with this complex restoration event.
Extensive restoration effort
Damage assessment is ongoing.
We continue to target the outages impacting the largest number of customers first, and we continue to add crews from other utilities as they become available, in addition to dispatching all available MGE crews.
After working long shifts for close to 30 hours, crews have made significant progress--restoring more than 85% of customers who were impacted--while working safely in challenging conditions, including high temperatures and tree hazards.
We are thankful for our crews and for mutual assistance crews who have worked more than 3,000 hours in the first 24 hours to restore power as quickly as possible given the circumstances.
We encourage customers to check our outage map and outage information page for updates as restoration work continues. We also are thankful to our community for their continued patience in an extraordinary situation. We understand many of our customers are not used to extended power outages with our record of reliability.
Why is restoration taking so long?
This is the largest number of individual incidents MGE has experienced at one time. Each incident represents a location with varying complexity to restore service. The biggest challenges continue to be the high volume of downed lines, the large number of separate outage incidents and additional new outages that are the result of weakened trees and branches falling on power lines.
Why doesn't MGE have estimated restoration times on its outage map?
Due to the number of separate incidents and the varying circumstances that impact each restoration, MGE is still unable to give accurate estimated restoration times and has suspended its estimated time of restoration feature on its outage map at mge.com/outage. We understand this may cause frustration for our customers. We expect that many customers who are currently without power will not be restored this evening. MGE will provide another update on our service restoration efforts in the morning.
Learn more about our restoration process below.
Public safety is our first priority. We are responding as quickly and safely as possible. We remind everyone to stay clear of damaged areas and never approach a downed power line or anything that comes in contact with it. Always assume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous and stay away. If you see a downed line, please notify MGE immediately by calling (608) 252-7111. Visit our safety page to learn more.
Report an outage
Customers who have not yet reported a loss of power should call MGE at (608) 252-7111 to report an outage or any incidents of downed wires.
All outage restoration follows a five-step process. In small incidents, these steps are often done by a single crew and can be accomplished very quickly. In major outages, however, several parts of the company become involved. Learn more about our process.
Sometimes you may notice an MGE vehicle or employee/crew in your neighborhood for a while without your service being restored. Here are some of the reasons:
· They are doing damage assessment and reporting the situation back to our dispatch center. They may even leave your neighborhood before service is restored.
· They are monitoring a downed line until a crew can come and make the situation safe.
· They are waiting for the electrical system to be switched so they can work on it.
· They are waiting for additional equipment or materials to complete the job.
If you have damage to electric lines?
Check our storm and outage FAQ page. If you have damage to the electric lines coming into your home, this page includes a graphic showing what equipment MGE owns and what equipment you own. Customers with damage to their equipment will need to have an electrician make repairs first, then contact us to have our personnel return to restore service.?
Dane County cooling centers
Dane County has partnered with Madison College and the American Red Cross to open a cooling shelter at 1701 Wright Street. The County also is opening the Dane County Coliseum until 10 p.m. as a cooling center for those who need it.
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