Power Restoration & Blinks

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

Circuit Breakers

  • 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

MVEA Crews

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

Power Restoration

If you are curious about how power restoration is worked, check out the short video.