Gascosage Electric Cooperative’s service reliability is built on the strength of being a part of an electric system that includes a transmission cooperative, Sho-Me Power Cooperative, Marshfield, and a generation cooperative, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Springfield. Mutual aid agreements allow Gascosage Electric Cooperative to receive assistance from 39 other cooperatives in Missouri. During major outages, such mutual aid agreements provide Gascosage Electric Cooperative with crews from around the state that help restore service in a timely manner.
Every electric distribution system is susceptible to occasional outages, which are usually caused by severe weather or accidents. If your power goes off, follow these steps:
Ideas for an emergency kit:
- Flashlights with fresh batteries
- Battery operated radio
- Backup heat source
- Bottled water
How we get the lights back on:
Our goal is to restore service to the greatest number of members in the shortest amount of time. Because of the interconnected nature of an electric distribution system, we must start our work at the power source and work out to the individual services along with the system. Hazardous conditions, such as downed power lines, must be attended to immediately.
These are the service restoration priorities:
Installed on our system are a series of protective devices known as OCRs. These act like circuit breakers to confine an outage to a specific area and limit the number of members affected by a power interruption. For example, if a tree falls on a tap line only that line would be without service. Other members served from the main distribution line would still have service, although their lights may blink momentarily.
See related information about “Getting Back on Line” at the top of this website.