Restoring power during inclement weather or after a large accident can be a big job.
- MVEA maintains a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year on-call crew
- If you should lose power, be assured we’re working as quickly as possible to get your lights back on
- Learn about the causes of power outages and blinks and Power Restoration (PDF).
During large outages, please don’t report blinks as outages. Instead:
- Call us and report it as a blink or momentary outage
- Fill out the Contact Us form (by selecting blinks/momentary outages from the drop-down menu)
What Is A Power Blink?
Power blinks are also brief service interruptions, but they’re typically caused by a fault (short circuit) on a power line or a protective device that’s working in reaction to the fault.
Causes of Power Blinks
Faults can occur through a variety of instances, like:
- Squirrels, birds, or other small animals contacting an energized power line
- Tree branches touching a power line
- Lightning and other similar events
- You may also experience a brief interruption when protective devices that act like circuit breakers are working to detect the fault
- These brief power blinks caused by protective devices are actually good
- This means the equipment is working as it should to prevent a prolonged outage
Regardless of the cause, MVEA’s crews will be on their way to:
- Inspect the damage
- Make necessary repairs during a power outage
You can help too! Any time you experience repeated disruptions to your electric service, please let us know by:
Learn more about outage reporting by visiting the Outage Center.
Causes of Power Outages & Blinks
If you are curious about how power restoration is worked, check out the short video.