FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PIQUA — The wind storm that swept through the area on Sunday, Feb. 24, affected more than 3,700 Pioneer Electric members.
A majority of the outages experienced were caused by problems along the transmission lines which deliver power to Pioneer’s distribution system. Three substations lost transmission affecting 3,264 consumer-members due to increased wind speeds throughout the afternoon.
In addition to transmission related outages, 442 members experienced outages due to broken or downed poles and branches on lines caused by the high winds. Twenty-two of these outages were individual and ten were line outages. We are pleased to report no injuries occurred during the restoration effort. Safety is always first priority during inclement weather events.
“Pioneer takes great pride in completing preventative maintenance with pole testing and replacement of older, weaker poles before inclement weather affects our members’ electric service. This, in combination with the proactive removal of over 12,000 dead Ash trees throughout Pioneer’s system over the last five years, undoubtedly prevented additional outages,” says Ron Salyer, Pioneer president and CEO.
Pioneer crews worked throughout the night and completed restoration to all but seven members by 3 a.m. on Monday. Those seven members could be without power until Tuesday due to downed transmission poles in western Shelby County.
“Great employees lead to great service,” says Salyer. “We had an overwhelming response from our employees to help restore service to our members. Electric lineman, dispatchers, foremen, engineers, and communications personnel worked throughout Sunday and into the early morning hours Monday to complete restoration efforts. Their dedication is unmatched in the industry and is applauded.”
Pioneer appreciates the patience and understanding of their member-consumers during storm restorations.
Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric distribution utility that serves more than 16,700 residential, commercial, and large industrial members throughout rural Miami, Champaign, and Shelby counties, as well as portions of the eight surrounding counties — Mercer, Auglaize, Logan, Union, Madison, Clark, Montgomery, and Darke.