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Winter Storm Update - JNEC Restoration Complete

JNEC has restored power to more than 5,500 members affected by yesterday’s winter storm. We would like to thank our members for their patience and understanding during this time. We also would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the JNEC employees and contractors who worked tirelessly in hazardous conditions to restore power to our members. For members in the Zavalla area, JNEC has confirmed with Oncor that power has been restored to your area.

The National Weather Service is forecasting below freezing temperatures for the next few days for all of JNEC’s service area. We are encouraging our members to continue conserving energy over the next few days. The electric grids for ERCOT (Zavalla area) and MISO (remaining JNEC territory) are still experiencing high energy demands. Neither ERCOT nor MISO are calling for rolling outages at this time but could if conditions worsen.

Here are a few simple steps to help conserve energy:

• Turn thermostats to 68 degrees or lower.

• Close curtains or lower shades to prevent heat loss.

• Seal drafts coming from doors or windows.

• Close off unoccupied rooms to conserve heat.

• Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.

• If using space heaters, please follow the manufacture’s

guidelines to ensure your safety.

Outage Reporting

If you are still without power, please contact JNEC at 409-423-2241 or 1-800-231-9340, to report your power outage.


Winter Storm Update – February 17, 2021 at 7 P.M.

JNEC has restored more than 2,200 meters that were affected by today’s winter storm. Crews continue to encounter fallen trees, tree limbs, down power lines and other obstacles while working in freezing conditions to restore the remaining 3,300 power outages.

For members residing in Zavalla, at this time, JNEC cannot determine when intermittent power will be reestablished. Oncor has been unable to provide JNEC with an estimated time of restoration for your area.

The National Weather Service is forecasting below freezing temperatures and frozen precipitation for tonight and into tomorrow morning for all of JNEC’s territory. Members need to make preparations to be without power for an extended time. We appreciate your patience as crews work safely to restore your outage.

Due to the extreme winter weather, the electric grids within ERCOT (Zavalla area) and MISO (remaining JNEC territory) are experiencing high energy demands. ERCOT is at level EEA 3 (Energy Emergency Alert) and is still calling for rolling outages. MISO is not currently calling for rolling outages at this time but could if conditions worsen.

Many of the remaining outages are concentrated in the following areas: Zavalla, Kirbyville, Call, Roganville, Magnolia Springs, Holly Springs, Erin, Belgrade, Sanjack, Old Salem, Trout Creek and Bon Wier.

Members who reside in the counties served by Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative: Jasper, Newton, Orange, Angelina and Sabine are encouraged to consider electric safety during and after the storm. Please continue to monitor the National Weather Service and media outlets for updates regarding winter weather advisories and other hazards associated with this extreme weather event. JNEC will continue to provide you with additional information as it becomes available.

Generators

If you plan to use a portable backup generator for temporary electric power, follow the manufacturer instructions to protect you and your family. DO NOT connect the generator to the house wiring unless you have had a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, which includes the installation of a transfer switch to isolate the generator from the electric utility service. Without the transfer switch, the power from the generator could back feed through the transformer into the electric utility service, creating high voltage that can easily injure or kill a worker trying to restore the power down the line. In addition, when the power is restored, it may cause an electrical fire and/or destroy the generator.

Downed Power Lines

Assume that any downed power line is "live." If power lines are lying on the ground or dangling near the ground, do not touch the lines. Notify your utility company or local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. Do not attempt to move or repair the power lines. If you can, stay nearby to warn others away from the downed line.

If you're inside a car in contact with a downed line, stay put! You can safely use a cellular phone to call for help. Never drive across a downed power line.

If someone is electrocuted by contact with a downed line, don't touch the person. Call 911 for help immediately.


Winter Storm Update: Monday, Feburuary 15, 2021 at 9:00 PM

Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative’s (JNEC) service territory involves two Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO), Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO).

ERCOT operates in the north-western portion of JNEC’s service territory near the Zavalla area within Angelina County. Approximately 700 meters that are served by JNEC are within ERCOT. MISO operates in the remaining portion of JNEC’s service area, which includes approximately 22,000 meters.

Currently, the meters that are within ERCOT’s transmission grid and served by JNEC are without power. JNEC provides power to this area with energy supplied from Oncor. Oncor is a member of ERCOT and has implemented rolling blackouts at that request of ERCOT. Due to the high energy usage during this extreme cold event, ERCOT has ordered utilities to shed electric load to protect the electric grid.

JNEC continues to communicate with MISO regarding the need to implement service interruptions (rolling blackouts) as cold temperatures drop even further to near record lows. At this time, MISO has not requested JNEC to implement rolling blackouts. However, because of the strain placed on the transmission grid, caused by the extreme cold temperatures, members need to be prepared for interruption in service if the need arises.

We are encouraging members to take steps in conserving their electric usage during this time.

Here are a few simple steps to help conserve energy:

• Turn thermostats to 68 degrees or lower.

• Close curtains or lower shades to prevent heat loss.

• Seal drafts coming from doors or windows.

• Close off unoccupied rooms to conserve heat.

• Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.

• If using space heaters, please follow the manufacture’s

  guidelines to ensure your safety.


Restoration Update: Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Hurricane Delta Restoration Complete

Two days after Hurricane Delta caused power outages to approximately 4,700 JNEC members, JNEC’s restoration team has restored power to the members affected by Delta.  We would like to thank our members for their patience and understanding during this time. We also you like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the electric cooperatives, contractors, community organizations, elected officials and many others who have supported our restoration efforts.

Outage Reporting

If you are still without power, please contact JNEC at 409-423-2241 or 1-800-231-9340, to report your power outage.


Restoration Update: Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Public Announcement on HURRICANE DELTA

Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative has restored power to more than 4,290 meters, leaving approximately 403 meters without power.  Crews continue to work the hardest hit areas of Deweyville, Newton, Buna and Bon Wier. If you are still without power, please contact JNEC to report your power outage. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this crisis. 

Outages by County:

Jasper – 69

Newton – 265

Orange – 69

Medical Needs

If anyone in the home is dependent upon electricity for medical needs, it is advised that they seek an alternate location until power is restored.

Generators
If you plan to use a portable backup generator for temporary electric power, follow the manufacturer instructions to protect you and your family. DO NOT connect the generator to the house wiring unless you have had a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, which includes the installation of a transfer switch to isolate the generator from the electric utility service. Without the transfer switch, the power from the generator could back feed through the transformer into the distribution system, high voltage that can easily kill a worker trying to restore the power down the line. In addition, when the power is restored, it may cause an electrical fire and/or destroy the generator.

Downed Power Lines
Assume that any downed power line is "live." If power lines are lying on the ground or dangling near the ground, do not touch the lines. Notify your utility company or local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. Do not attempt to move or repair the power lines. If you can, stay nearby to warn others away from the downed line.

If you're inside a car in contact with a downed line, stay put! You can safely use a cellular phone to call for help. Never drive across a downed power line.

If someone is electrocuted by contact with a downed line, don't touch the person.

 Call 911 for help immediately. 
 


Restoration Update: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Public Announcement on HURRICANE DELTA

Twenty-four hours after Hurricane Delta made landfall in Southwest Louisiana, Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative’s restoration team has made significant progress in restoring power to members. Delta left approximately 4,700 members without power as tropical storm-force winds caused widespread outages throughout JNEC’s service area. JNEC crews, along with four sister cooperatives and 100 contractors, have restored power to more than 3,950 members. JNEC’s team is working as quickly and safely as possible to restore the remaining power outages. We appreciate your patience and understanding as crews work to restore power.

Medical Needs

If anyone in the home is dependent upon electricity for medical needs, it is advised that they seek an alternate location until power is restored.

Generators
If you plan to use a portable backup generator for temporary electric power, follow the manufacturer instructions to protect you and your family. DO NOT connect the generator to the house wiring unless you have had a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, which includes the installation of a transfer switch to isolate the generator from the electric utility service. Without the transfer switch, the power from the generator could back feed through the transformer into the distribution system, high voltage that can easily kill a worker trying to restore the power down the line. In addition, when the power is restored, it may cause an electrical fire and/or destroy the generator.

Downed Power Lines
Assume that any downed power line is "live." If power lines are lying on the ground or dangling near the ground, do not touch the lines. Notify your utility company or local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. Do not attempt to move or repair the power lines. If you can, stay nearby to warn others away from the downed line.

If you're inside a car in contact with a downed line, stay put! You can safely use a cellular phone to call for help. Never drive across a downed power line.

If someone is electrocuted by contact with a downed line, don't touch the person. 

 

Call 911 for help immediately.
 


Updated: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM

 

Public Announcement on HURRICANE DELTA

Hurricane Delta made landfall at approximately 6 pm in Creole, Louisiana, Friday evening, October 9, 2020 as a Category 2 hurricane.  The damage from Delta caused widespread outages across JNEC’s service area, while leaving more than 4,700 members without power. Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative has restored power to more than 1,800 meters

 

Additional cooperatives and contractors have arrived and are assisting JNEC with the restoration.  Crews will continue to assess damages and work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. The damage caused by Delta has created hazardous conditions for crews working to restore power to our members. We hope to make as much progress toward restoring power to as many members as possible today.

 


Updated: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM 
Public Announcement on HURRICANE DELTA 
 

Safety Precautions

At this time, Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative has approximately 4,635 power outages caused by Hurricane Delta. Outages by County: Angelina – 40, Jasper – 1,813, Newton – 2,754, Orange – 5 and Sabine – 23.  Crews are assessing damages and working to restore power.  Contractors and other electric cooperatives are arriving to assist JNEC with our restoration efforts.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.    
 

Medical Needs
If anyone in the home is dependent upon electricity for medical needs, it is advised that they seek an alternate location until power is restored. 

Generators
If you plan to use a portable backup generator for temporary electric power, follow the manufacturer instructions to protect you and your family. DO NOT connect the generator to the house wiring unless you have had a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, which includes the installation of a transfer switch to isolate the generator from the electric utility service. Without the transfer switch, the power from the generator could back feed through the transformer into the distribution system, high voltage that can easily kill a worker trying to restore the power down the line. In addition, when the power is restored, it may cause an electrical fire and/or destroy the generator.

Downed Power Lines
Assume that any downed power line is "live." If power lines are lying on the ground or dangling near the ground, do not touch the lines. Notify your utility company or local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. Do not attempt to move or repair the power lines. If you can, stay nearby to warn others away from the downed line.

If you're inside a car in contact with a downed line, stay put! You can safely use a cellular phone to call for help. Never drive across a downed power line.

If someone is electrocuted by contact with a downed line, don't touch the person. 

 

Call 911 for help immediately.

 


Updated: Friday, October 09, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Public Announcement on HURRICANE DELTA

Safety Precautions
As Hurricane Delta is moving onshore in Cameron Parish, Southwest Louisiana.  Areas in Southeast Texas are experiencing tropical storm winds, which are expected to continue until late this evening.   These winds have caused widespread power outages and unsafe working conditions.  Once working conditions become safe, crews will continue restoring power to those affected by Hurricane Delta.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. 

We understand that no one wants a prolonged power outage, but that is not uncommon after a natural disaster. We hope to restore power to every member soon. However, we encourage everyone to be prepared to be without electricity for an extended period of time. Especially, those members in the hardest hit areas. If anyone in the home is dependent upon electricity for medical needs, it is advised that they seek an alternate location until power is restored. 

Generators
If you plan to use a portable backup generator for temporary electric power, follow the manufacturer instructions to protect you and your family. DO NOT connect the generator to the house wiring unless you have had a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, which includes the installation of a transfer switch to isolate the generator from the electric utility service. Without the transfer switch, the power from the generator could back feed through the transformer into the distribution system, high voltage that can easily kill a worker trying to restore the power down the line. In addition, when the power is restored, it may cause an electrical fire and/or destroy the generator.

Downed Power Lines
Assume that any downed power line is "live." If power lines are lying on the ground or dangling near the ground, do not touch the lines. Notify your utility company or local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. Do not attempt to move or repair the power lines. If you can, stay nearby to warn others away from the downed line.

If you're inside a car in contact with a downed line, stay put! You can safely use a cellular phone to call for help. Never drive across a downed power line.

If someone is electrocuted by contact with a downed line, don't touch the person. 

 

Call 911 for help immediately.
 


Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Public Announcement on HURRICANE DELTA

Safety Precautions
Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative continues to evaluate Hurricane Delta and the latest weather updates from the National Weather Service for our area.  Tropical storm-force winds are expected to arrive in the JNEC service area as early Friday morning and extend through Friday night. JNEC encourages our members to have a family emergency preparedness plan and supplies for any emergency that may arise from this potential weather event.  JNEC continues to closely monitor Delta and is making necessary preparations to ensure power is restored to our members should outages occur.

Generators
If you plan to use a portable backup generator for temporary electric power, follow the manufacturer instructions to protect you and your family. DO NOT connect the generator to the house wiring unless you have had a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, which includes the installation of a transfer switch to isolate the generator from the electric utility service. Without the transfer switch, the power from the generator could back feed through the transformer into the distribution system, high voltage that can easily kill a worker trying to restore the power down the line. In addition, when the power is restored, it may cause an electrical fire and/or destroy the generator.

Downed Power Lines
Assume that any downed power line is "live." If power lines are lying on the ground or dangling near the ground, do not touch the lines. Notify your utility company or local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. Do not attempt to move or repair the power lines. If you can, stay nearby to warn others away from the downed line.

If you're inside a car in contact with a downed line, stay put! You can safely use a cellular phone to call for help. Never drive across a downed power line.

If someone is electrocuted by contact with a downed line, don't touch the person. 

 

Call 911 for help immediately.

 


Public Announcement on HURRICANE DELTA

Safety Precautions
Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative is monitoring Hurricane Delta for any potential impact to our service area. JNEC encourages our members to have a family emergency preparedness plan and supplies for any emergency that may arise from this potential weather event.  JNEC will continue to closely monitor Delta and make necessary preparations to ensure power restoration to our members should power outages occur.

Generators
If you plan to use a portable backup generator for temporary electric power, follow the manufacturer instructions to protect you and your family. DO NOT connect the generator to the house wiring unless you have had a qualified electrician hook up the standby electrical system, which includes the installation of a transfer switch to isolate the generator from the electric utility service. Without the transfer switch, the power from the generator could back feed through the transformer into the distribution system, high voltage that can easily kill a worker trying to restore the power down the line. In addition, when the power is restored, it may cause an electrical fire and/or destroy the generator.

Downed Power Lines
Assume that any downed power line is "live." If power lines are lying on the ground or dangling near the ground, do not touch the lines. Notify your utility company or local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible. Do not attempt to move or repair the power lines. If you can, stay nearby to warn others away from the downed line.

If you're inside a car in contact with a downed line, stay put! You can safely use a cellular phone to call for help. Never drive across a downed power line.

If someone is electrocuted by contact with a downed line, don't touch the person. 

 

Call 911 for help immediately.


Update: Transmission Service to the Deweyville Substation - September 2, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

JNEC has confirmed that Entergy crews are still working to restore transmission service to our Deweyville substation. The damage caused by Hurricane Laura has created hazardous working conditions for lineworkers as they work to restore power to those affected by Laura. Although JNEC cannot provide an estimated time of restoration to residents served from the Deweyville substation, we are confident that restoration of the transmission service will be done an efficient and safe manner.  We appreciate your patience and understanding. JNEC will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.


Possible Service Interruption - Tuesday, September 2, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative has been advised by Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) of the possibility of electric service interruptions that may occur in our service over the coming days, as repairs are made to the transmission grid that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Laura. MISO is the regional transmission operator for the middle portion of the U.S. and into parts of Canada.

Jasper-Newton EC will be notified by MISO if it becomes necessary to reduce (shed) load, which could create a “rolling blackout” scenario. If service interruptions are required, JNEC will have limited notification on when to interrupt member’s electric service. Therefore, members will not be notified prior to this interruption. At this time, it is not possible to know for certain if load shedding will be required, where it will happen, or the duration. Jasper-Newton EC continues to maintain communication with MISO and Entergy (transmission provider) to keep interruptions as brief as possible.  It is not uncommon for a natural disaster to cause a strain on infrastructure. Jasper-Newton EC will continue to monitor the situation with MISO and Entergy to keep service interruptions as brief as possible.

We will do our best to keep our members informed as we communicate with MISO and Entergy.

In the meantime, extreme high temperatures are compounding the issue with increased power demand. You can help by reducing your electricity consumption during the peak hours from mid-afternoon until dusk.

Here are a few ways you can help by conserving energy. Plus, there’s the added benefit of lowering your electricity bill.

  • adjusting the thermostat a few degrees warmer
  • doing laundry at night or in the morning
  • running dishwashers overnight
  • raise your thermostat if you leave your home for long periods of time.

Please view our website, www.jnec.com for the latest information and updates.


Public Announcement on Transmission Outage - Monday, August 31, 2020

At approximately 1:50 p.m. this afternoon, JNEC experienced an interruption in service to it’s transmission line. Crews are investigating the problem and will make the necessary repairs to restore power. We will do our best to keep JNEC members informed as we work to repair the problem.

 

 

 
 
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