Power Interruption Checklist

In Case of Power Interruption 

While Nodak Electric Cooperative hopes you or your business never has to experience a power outage, the following information will help you cope with an outage if one should occur. Keep a power outage kit on hand, and make sure you, your family members, and employees know where your “power outage” kit is located. Kit items should include:

  • Nodak Electric Cooperative telephone number 701-746-4461 or 800-732-4373
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Spare fuses
  • Portable radio with fresh batteries

Checklist of things to do when an outage occurs: 

  1. STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES and broken utility poles. Please note the location of the downed line or pole and call Nodak immediately. Even lines that look harmless can be dangerous.
  2. Check your breakers and the yard pole disconnect switch to determine if it has tripped off due to a power overload. If fuses or breakers are okay, call Nodak Electric Cooperative 701-746-4461 or 800-732-4373. A 24-hour dispatch service will answer your call after normal working hours.
  3. Check with your neighbors to determine if they are also without service. Even if your neighbors’ lights are on, don’t hesitate to call Nodak.
  4. Turn off all electrical appliances that were on, especially air conditioners or electric heating. However, you will want to leave a light on so you will know when your power has been restored.
  5. Turn on your portable radio and listen for messages from Nodak Electric Co-op. This will occur only when there has been a major planned outage or catastrophic conditions.  Information will also be available on our Facebook page.
  6. Leave doors closed on refrigerators and freezers as much as possible during outages. Food will keep much longer if the doors are left closed.

Facebook Posts

August 21st, 8:48 am

Minnkota, dignitaries celebrate completion of historic line
Minnkota
Power Cooperative’s Center to Grand Forks 345-kV Transmission Line
commemoration event was scheduled to be at the Prairie substation southwest of
Grand Forks on Aug. 18, but threatening weather forced the event inside.
"The
project has been delayed over the years as a result of weather, so it's only
fitting today that we have the announcement of its completion inside instead of
outside," said Mac McLennan, Minnkota president & CEO. "That's
true to form as it relates to this project."
McLennan’s
comments came during the celebration of the 250-mile, $353 million line, which
is the longest project ever built inside the borders of North Dakota and
Minnkota's largest investment in transmission facilities.
Several
dignitaries, including U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R.-N.D., and U.S. Rep. Kevin
Cramer, R-N.D., spoke during the event at the Grand Forks Alerus Center.
"Minnkota's
new transmission line will help to provide efficient power for our growing communities
and economy," Hoeven said. "This project is a good example of the
energy infrastructure investments that we need to build a brighter energy
future for our state and our nation."
The
250-mile line began service Aug. 7, transporting energy from the Young Station
to the Prairie substation and providing grid reliability and long-term growth
needs to the northern Red River Valley and beyond.
Other
dignitaries who spoke included North Dakota Public Service Commission Chair
Brian Kalk, PSC Commissioner Randy Christmann and Ryan Nagle, representing U.S.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Mike
Hennes, the project manager for the Center to Grand Forks line, applauded
Minnkota workers for supporting and guiding project contractors such as
Tri-State Drilling (foundations) and Michels Power (structures and line
stringing).
“The
Minnkota staff need to be recognized for the extra burden carried by many who
this project added to their existing maintenance and construction project
workload,” Hennes said. “My hat is off to all who helped guide this project to
completion.”
Russ Okeson, vice chair of the Minnkota board, said the project
will add stability and reliability to not only Minnkota’s energy system, but
also improves the economic health of the region.
“When we think about the cooperative principles and values
that all cooperatives were founded on, this generation can truly be proud of
the contribution this project will add to that legacy,” Okeson said.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

August 15th, 7:37 pm

Power has been lost to two substations serving customers in the Tokio and Aneta areas. Crews are responding to restore power. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook