Co-op employees know there are no snow days. When ice, snow or the occasional tornado occur, consumer-members can depend on their electric cooperative to restore power.
Illinois saw unusually early snow and ice in November that caused widespread outages in its north and north-central cooperatives. Linemen and cooperative personnel worked long hours in the inclement weather to get the lights and heat on for numerous members.
Corn Belt Energy was especially hard hit as ice, snow and high winds caused widespread outages just after Thanksgiving. Shelby Electric Cooperative responded after a series of rare December tornadoes caused outages across central Illinois cooperative territories and was especially devastating to the city of Taylorville.
Throughout these events one thing remained true – the response of cooperative personnel.