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Lights Back On
When Choptank Electric Cooperative experiences multiple power
outages, its goal is to restore service to the greater number of
consumers in the shortest amount of time. Repair crews begin at the
power source and work out to the individual services along the system.
Dangerous problems, such as downed power lines, are attended to as
soon as possible.
The following are our service restoration priorities:
Electric utility systems are constructed with protective devices such
as fuses and circuit breakers. These confine the outage to specific
areas, limiting the number of consumers affected by the power
- Transmission lines
- These are high-voltage
lines that move bulk electricity from a generating plant to a
substation or between substations.
- Substations are electrical
facilities that contain equipment for switching or regulating the
voltage of electricity. These lower the amount of electrical
voltage from transmission lines so that the electricity can be
transmitted through distribution lines.
- Main distribution lines
- These are the
7,200-volt lines that you see along roadways.
- Tap lines
- Tap lines are electric feeder
lines with limited capacity that run from a main distribution line
and serve small numbers of consumers.
- Individual service
- This is the line that
runs from the pole transformer to the customer's electric
For example, if a tree falls on a tap line, only that line would be
without service. Other consumers served from the main distribution line
would still have service, although their lights may blink momentarily.
If you have questions about how your cooperative restores service after
a storm or other outage, please call us.
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Choptank Electric Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 430, Denton MD 21629
Toll Free: 877-892-0001