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Substation Scans Help Prevent Power Outages

In order to receive electricity from Cooperative Energy and distribute electricity to Singing River Electric (SRE) members, substations must be in excellent working condition. Preventative maintenance on these complex structures is a must.

Linemen looking at substation using infrared camera
Substation Technician Kevin Slay (left), Cooperative Energy’s Brad Wheat, and Co-op Student Clark Rounsaville scan the Lucedale South substation with an infrared camera to look for issues.

Substation Technicians Jerry Furby and Kevin Slay, Co-op Student Clark Rounsaville and a Cooperative Energy representative recently scanned all SRE substations using an infrared camera. Cooperative Energy conducts substation inspections for SRE every summer.

“We do this in the summer when our load is up, and the connections heat up more to show deficiencies in the switches or buswork,” said Slay. “The infrared camera shows problems you can’t see with the eye alone and is a proactive way to help prevent a major outage from happening.”

The infrared camera records temperature. If a piece of the substation shows a higher temperature than normal, it indicates a potential problem. After scanning all substations, Cooperative Energy submits a detailed report to SRE so issues can be addressed prior to an outage.

Singing River Electric awards three NHN Grants to local high schools

Singing River Electric recently awarded Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Community Grants to three area high schools that applied for funding for a particular project. East Central High School received $2,500 to purchase a milling machine for the school’s pre-engineering class to provide hands-on experience in proper machine set up, cutting tools selection, tool path simulation…Continue Reading

Four high school juniors participate in Youth Leadership Program

Austin Baldwin of St. Martin High School, Kenley Cochran of Perry Central High School, Noah Moran of Ocean Springs High School, and Morgan Rich of East Central High School represented Singing River Electric at the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson held February 22-24, 2017. While visiting Jackson, these young leaders participated…Continue Reading

Singing River Electric Sends Restoration Help to Florida’s Clay Electric Cooperative

Four Singing River Electric linemen are traveling today to Florida’s Clay Electric Cooperative to restore power outages caused by Hurricane Hermine. As of this morning, 34,000  of Clay Electric’s 170,000 member accounts are without power. Serviceman Kris Goss, Apprentice Lineman IV Glenn Hartley, Serviceman and Crew Leader Ty Evans and Lineman Tyler Barnett will arrive…Continue Reading

Singing River Electric servicemen monitoring safety concerns along flooded rivers

Singing River Electric servicemen are currently monitoring clearance of power lines due to river flooding. Servicemen are using boats to check for power line clearance and other safety issues in Jackson, George, Greene and Perry counties. They have located a few places were the lines did not have safe distance between the water level and…Continue Reading