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Do you risk losing out on family connections, learning, running your business and shopping and entertainment opportunities because you don't have reliable electricity or broadband services? Live life to its fullest with safe, reliable and affordable electricity and fiber-fast internet, TV and phone services. You matter! We serve homes, farms, churches, schools and small and large commercial businesses to make people's lives better. Thank you for your interest in the cooperative's actions to make people's lives better. The Newsroom will keep you informed.

On Behalf of Team SEMO - Thank you! 

CEO Sean

CEO/GM Sean Vanslyke

Smartphone: (573) 703-7694

Cold Weather Continues

10:30 a.m. The next 12 hours are critical for the energy grid to avoid more rolling blackouts.

Will we lose power?

At this point there is no time frame set for rolling blackouts to begin or if they will happen at all for SEMO Electric. The messages during the past few days have been an effort to help you reduce bill shock and help reduce pressure on the electrical system. If it does get to the point rolling blackouts need to be implemented, we will provide notice as soon as we have been informed. The size of the blackout area will depend on how much system load needs to be shed.

Why is it called a rolling blackout?

It is called a rolling blackout for a reason. The goal is to reduce load by impacting a minimal amount of the system for a designated amount of time and then returning power to the affected area and moving to a different area of the system. The way this will be accomplished on our systems will be by deenergizing the entire substation and not just picking and choosing among individual members. The outage should last no longer than an hour and then the substation will be re-energized and another substation in the system will be turned off.

Why is it happening?

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer for this situation other than an extreme amount of cold weather affecting a large region of the country at one time. One more thing to keep in mind is that the electrical grid is very complex and involves many parts and the aforementioned cold weather is affecting multiples of these parts at one time.

When?

As stated earlier there has been no directive to shed load at this time, so we are only providing this information to be proactive. Rest assured that if the plan has to be put into motion, we will post the notification here and, on our website, as soon as possible. We will do everything in our power to minimize the event to the best of our ability.

What can I do?

Please continue to be safe and save energy when possible. Thank you for your continued support. The employees (Team SEMO) of SEMO Electric Cooperative, M&A Electric Power Cooperative and Associated Electric Cooperative take pride in providing safe and reliable energy to you, the member. Together, with all of us doing our part, we will make it through this event just like we have in the past.

5 p.m. Beat the Peak! Thank you for helping as Team SEMO works to keep the lights on and the fiber flowing! Follow these tips to help beat the peak! • Turn thermostat down at least four degrees • Turn off nonessential electric appliances and lights • Turn electric water heaters off or set to 120 degrees • Use towels or blankets to block cold air entry points, particularly around doors and windows • Close curtains and blinds; insulate with plastic sheeting, cardboard or a blanket • Bundle up in the warmest room of the home with layers of clothing and blankets.

11 a.m. Beat the Peak! SEMO Electric members can implement several practices to reduce the amount of electricity used during extended artic temperatures to help us all beat the peak! Turn and keep thermostat down 2-3 degrees. Minimize the use of major appliances at the same time. Use space heaters sparingly. Seal around drafty doors and windows Change furnace filters. Turn down thermostats on electric water heaters. Turn off lights & unplug small appliances not in use.

Continue to be safe... NWS: A major winter storm will bring heavy snow, dangerously cold wind chills, and disruptions to travel and commerce through tonight. Avoid all unnecessary travel during this period. Continue to monitor the latest forecast for updates.

SEMO Electric members can implement several practices to reduce the amount of electricity used during extended artic temperatures.

  • Turn and keep thermostat down 2-3 degrees.
  • Minimize the use of major appliances at the same time.
  • Use space heaters sparingly.
  • Seal around drafty doors and windows
  • Change furnace filters.
  • Turn down thermostats on electric water heaters.
  • Turn off lights & unplug small appliances not in use.

Feb 15

Take Steps to Save Energy/Money

Snow and more cold headed our way. Be safe. SEMO Electric members can implement several practices to reduce the amount of electricity used during extended artic temperatures.

  • Turn and keep thermostat down 2-3 degrees.
  • Minimize the use of major appliances at the same time.
  • Use space heaters sparingly.
  • Seal around drafty doors and windows
  • Change furnace filters.
  • Turn down thermostats on electric water heaters.
  • Turn off lights & unplug small appliances not in use. 
Snow

 

Member Spotlight: Elite Skate

Member Spotlight: If you are looking for a fun weekend, this is the place for you! Elite Skate has everything you need to enjoy a night out with the kids. You can skate, play games or sit back and let the kids enjoy the bounce houses! If you are looking for a night out or needing to book a party, give them a call at (573) 620-3608.

The Friday Feature with Sean. Don’t underestimate your super power! Everyone has this one. Keep pushing forward!

Winter Storm

4 p.m. Winter Storm Update #5: Ice cleats and salt have helped Team SEMO navigate dangerous areas today. We continue to watch galloping power and fiber lines. Be safe.

1 p.m. Winter Storm Update #4: It's cold and windy as Team SEMO tries to keep the lights on and the fiber flowing. We need to pray for the sun to shine for a few hours to melt ice off of power lines and fiber lines to reduce galloping.

SEMO Electric's linemen are busy this morning with galloping power lines. This occurs when strong winds blow across ice-coated power lines, causing them swing violently. Galloping conductors can damage power lines, insulators and utilities infrastructure, resulting in electric service outages. This also may cause flickers and/or frequent power disruptions in your home or business.

8 a.m. Winter Storm Update #3: Galloping power lines are an issue at this time. Galloping will cause flickers. What causes galloping power lines? High winds and freezing rain cause power lines to gallop. Galloping occurs when freezing rain creates icicles and odd-shaped ice on lines. High winds push on the icicles and lifts lines up, creating a galloping, or jumping, motion. See galloping lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqiFJt2WbpY

Conserve Energy

4 p.m. Winter Storm Update #2: Slippery sidewalks and roads aren’t the only things to look out for this winter. Shoveling snow can be a health risk as well. Remember to stay hydrated, take frequent breaks, and only move small amounts with each shovel pass.

8 a.m. Winter Storm Update #1: Keep your vehicle full of fuel, charge your mobile phone and monitor the weather. Colder temperatures means more energy use. Consider lowering your thermostat setting to avoid bill shock in a few weeks.

Let's Be Ready!

Take time to prepare for Winter Storm Roland. Fuel your vehicle, charge your phone and monitor the weather. Team SEMO has its plan to restore power should ice become an issue. Watch for updates here. Please stay away from downed power lines. Also, we haven't hit zero degrees since March 2015. Colder temperatures will drive up energy use. Consider lowering your thermostat setting to avoid bill shock in a few weeks.

Assembling supplies before a storm arrives is one of the keys to weathering a winter storm emergency.

Member Spotlight: Cowboy Pipe & Tube Company

Since 1975, this family-owned and operated business has hung their hats on customer satisfaction. Will, David and the crew at Cowboy Pipe & Tube Company strive to deliver the best service around in a timely manner. Let them help you today by calling (573) 471-8545.

Ways to Save

We would like to prepare you as much as possible about the upcoming weather. Temperatures will be dropping in the single digits soon. As the gap increases between the outside and inside temperatures you will see your usage rise. Keep an eye on your usage to try to keep it down as much as possible.