We are ready for summer storms

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While summer brings much fun in the sun, it can also bring the occasional severe storm. In the event of a power outage, you can trust that Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is ready to respond. WhatHappensDuringAPowerOutage
The major cause of most power outages comes from damage to power lines due to falling trees and branches. We work year round – through right-of-way clearing – to ensure power lines in our service territory stand little risk of being damaged by trees, branches or other types of vegetation.
Despite our best efforts, during major storms, damage can occur to transmission stations, substations and power lines. When this happens, our first priority is to safely restore power to as many members as possible in the shortest amount of time.
We start by mobilizing our line crews and other critical staff. Every phone line available is utilized to take your outage report calls. The big problems are handled first – like damage to transmission lines, which serve tens of thousands of people. These problems must be corrected before we can focus on other areas where more localized damage may have occurred.
Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative’s line crews inspect substations to determine if the problem starts there, or if there could be an issue down the line. If the root of the problem is at the substation, power can be restored to thousands of members.
Next, line crews check the service lines that deliver power into neighborhoods and communities. Line crews repair the damaged lines, restoring power to hundreds of people. If you continue to experience an outage, there may be damage to a tap line outside of your home or business. Make sure you notify TWEC so crews can inspect these lines.

We will do our best to avoid power outages, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Be sure to check www.toddwadena.coop, or www.facebook.com/ToddWadenaElectricCooperative on your smartphone for the latest updates during a power outage.

Plan Before You Plant

Planting the right tree in the right place can save you energy, and save your co-op additional expenses


Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is always looking for ways to reduce costs. Tree trimming is one expense that has a potential for savings if members work with us to minimize the number of places we need to trim trees, and how often they need to be trimmed.
Our members can help reduce tree trimming costs, help minimize tree-related outages and ensure reliable electric service for the future, by choosing the right types of trees to plant, and where to plant them.

Where to Plant
Please use the above chart to determine where trees should be planted in relation to power lines and meters.
•10-25 feet – its best not to plant in this area. If you do, only plant low growing trees and shrubs.
• 25-50 feet – Tree’s in this zone should be less than 35-feet high at full maturity.
• 50+ feet – Any large tree’s that reach 35 or more feet high at full maturity should be planted at least this far away from power lines.

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Save energy by planting trees that shade your house on the east and west sides in the summer, and then shed their leaves in the fall to allow heat gain from the winter sun.
Evergreens, or coniferous trees (that keep their “leaves” all year long) planted on theenergy-tree-2 north and northwest side can provide a windbreak in cooler climates.