How do we keep the lights on?

From initial system planning to installing the meter, here's the role engineers play as CoServ adds more than 1,000 meters a month

How do we keep the lights on?

If you live in one of the new residential developments served by CoServ, you are a big reason why we are one of the fastest-growing electric cooperatives in the country. We want to welcome you as a new CoServ Member and provide some insight into what goes on behind the scenes as we add an average of 1,300 meters to our system each month.

Working smarter, not harder

Working smarter, not harder

Have you ever wondered how they are able to find the source of the outage so quickly? Ask some of CoServ’s long-time linemen and they remember the days when they had to “ride out the line” for miles to find the cause, following maps in an old red book they kept in the truck. Today, CoServ’s entire electrical infrastructure is connected to a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system that provides updates in real time to dispatchers working at the headquarters in Corinth. Think of it as a nervous system for CoServ’s power lines and other infrastructure.

CoServ keeps trees trimmed to improve reliability

CoServ keeps trees trimmed to improve reliability

“That’s what my job is all about, preventing outages. Trees do cause power outages plus they hide a lot of other things that cause power outages,” CoServ's Vegetation Management Coordinator Morgan Herd said. “You can’t see the insulators at the top and sometimes you can’t even see the wire." 

CoServ mourns linemen Crew Supervisor Brandon Sandmann

CoServ mourns linemen Crew Supervisor Brandon Sandmann

With a heavy heart, we share the news about the passing of Brandon Sandmann, a beloved CoServ Employee. He passed away Wednesday.

Update: CoServ relief crews arrive to help with Hurricane Ida cleanup

Update: CoServ relief crews arrive to help with Hurricane Ida cleanup

The Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative in Louisiana has specifically asked that CoServ linemen assist with the power restoration work that remains to be done in their service area in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. 

Update: CoServ sending more linemen to Louisiana to restore power after Ida

Update: CoServ sending more linemen to Louisiana to restore power after Ida

To continue supporting our co-op family, CoServ is sending another convoy of linemen, bucket trucks and other equipment to Louisiana to provide additional relief and assistance to WSTEC. They will depart Friday from CoServ headquarters.

Fleet department's focus on service, efficiency keeps CoServ rolling

Fleet department's focus on service, efficiency keeps CoServ rolling

CoServ linemen want to respond to power outages as quickly and safely as possible – so having a breakdown is unacceptable. But more than that, when a bucket is hanging 50 feet in the air next to a power line, the lineman is putting his life in the hands of that truck – and the Fleet Services Department that maintains it.

Calling 811 before you dig is easy — not calling is a gamble

Calling 811 before you dig is easy — not calling is a gamble

There’s no better time to remind the public about the importance of calling 811 than on National Safe Digging Day on August 11, or 8-11. The call is free and so are the various utilities who will come out to mark electric, communication, natural gas/petroleum, irrigation, potable water and sewer and drain lines on your property so you or a contractor can dig safely.

CoServ linemen move poles with precision in McKinney

CoServ linemen move poles with precision in McKinney

CoServ Electric Linemen crews worked from sun up to sun down to relocate five utility poles along Stacy Road in McKinney so the city can install a right-turn lane. See how they set the new poles, cut down the old poles and hung the new wire – all without a single Member losing power. 

Drone technology helping CoServ get ahead of outages

Drone technology helping CoServ get ahead of outages

CoServ's new DJI Matrice 300 inspects CoServ's infrastructure looking for potential problems before they cause a power outage. 

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