Front Royal recognized for electrical reliability

The American Public Power Association recognized the Town of Front Royal for exceptional electric reliability in 2022.

APPA is a trade group that represents over 2000 not-for-profit, community owned electric utilities and helps them track power outage and restoration data through its eReliability Tracker subscription service.

The data is also compared to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Carey Safelle, Director of Energy Services, said, “We are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to hard work of all our staff to ensure we keep the Town of Front Royal powered.”

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13 acres affected by SNP wildfire

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Shenandoah National Park reports the effects of a wildfire that started around 2 pm on Thursday and lasted till 11 pm that evening.

National Park Service firefighters and a crew from the United States Forest Service got the blaze under control in the Big Meadows area.

Several trails in the region and Rapidan Road remain closed while crews continue to clear remnants of the wildfire.

A power line in the impacted area left Big Meadows Wayside, Campground and Picnic Grounds and Lewis Mountain temporarily without power.

Those areas, which opened for the season Mar. 24, have reopened with power restored.

In all just over 13 acres were affected by the wildfire which remains under investigation.

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SVEC to fully restore power today

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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative updated their original estimate on the restoration of power in western Frederick County from 9:00 pm last night to 3 pm this afternoon.

Most of the area had power restored Friday evening but as of 9:30 pm last night about 400 community members remained without power from Thursday’s ice storm.

The remaining outages are due to substantial issues including nine broken poles and 12 spans of wire down.

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SVEC restore power

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An email from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) reports that only about 19 members lost power in yesterday’s storm.

If you are still without power SVEC assures members that it will be restored today as crews deal with the weather as best and safely as they can.

Often the type of snow can make all the differences when it comes to power loss.

The heavy type of wet snow lays heavy on lines and tree limbs which can often cause an outage.

A lighter snow like last night causes less damage but the ice will cause concern especially when it comes to repair.

Anyone without power should always report it at SVEC.coop.

You can also connect easily to SVEC with the MySVEC app now available.

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SVEC planned power outage takes place tomorrow 10/20 at 4 a.m.

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An email from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) reports that an emergency repair has been scheduled.

The work will be done on a transmission line into the West Winchester substation and will cause a temporary disruption of power.

The interruption should last no more than one hour starting 4 a.m. Wed. morning Oct. 20.

This temporary outage will affect about 75 hundred customers in Winchester and Frederick County.

An email from Winchester Medical Center (WMC) reports that there will be no outage at the Medical Center as they like all hospitals have generators at the ready on demand when necessary.

Any concerns or questions should be directed to SVEC at 1-800-234-7832 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

SVEC is notifying customers by call or email if numbers and addresses are known to the cooperation.

A map of the outage area is available at svec.coop also at the cooperation’s Facebook page.

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Scheduled Power Outage for Frederick County

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In order to make emergency repairs to a transmission line into the West Winchester substation on Northwestern Pike in Frederick County, an outage is schedule to occur at 4 a.m. Wednesday October 20th. The outage is expected to last one hour.

All 7,422 co-op members served by this substation will be affected . This includes parts of the City of Winchester , but largely affects a portion of Frederick County.

A map showing the exact areas that will be impacted by this outage will be available today at svec.coop.

Members with questions can call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832 during regular business hours, between 8 and 4:30 p.m.

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