LCEC – Lee County Electric Cooperative

LCEC is working around the clock to assess damage from Hurricane Ian. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of our customers.

Rest assured that we know where power outages occurred and are working diligently to restore power. Customers do not need to report outages.

Hurricane Updates

Hurricane Updates

Our thoughts and hearts are with all of those who were impacted by the wrath of Hurricane Ian. LCEC is working diligently to assess damage and restore power as quickly as possible. We have secured line crews and tree trimmers from throughout the state and beyond, and are committed to helping all of SWFL return back to normal as quickly and safely as possible. Crews have restored power to a great deal of customers already and we continue to assess the damage and will work in all areas to deliver energy to customers able to receive power.

Our entire community has lost a great deal in a short amount of time. The loss of lives, homes, businesses and irreplaceable mementos is unimaginable. The LCEC system was impacted as well and we have an immense amount of work ahead of us. We are committed to working around the clock until every customer is restored.

As our community continues to band together and process the devastation, please know you are not alone. We will get through this difficult time together. Please stay safe and hug your loved ones. Thank you for your patience and confidence in us.

Debris pickup
As power restoration takes place after a hurricane, the task of cleaning up utility debris and follow-up begins. An LCEC team, supported by debris-removal vendors, will span the electric system to gather and dispose of utility materials such as poles, wire, transformers, and insulators that may have been left behind during restoration. The impact of the storm may cover a vast area, so cleanup could take some time to complete.

If LCEC damaged your property, please notify us and we will process your claim appropriately. Again, the time frame has not been determined, and we ask your patience.

How does LCEC restore power after a storm?

  • After a storm has passed, LCEC quickly begins to assess the damage to the electric system.
  • LCEC then begins restoring power to essential services such as hospitals, traffic signals, shelters, communication centers and law enforcement.
  • Next, power is restored to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time by repairing main circuits. Then feeders will be repaired to power up neighborhoods.
  • Finally, individual services or services and services that need to be reconnected after repair to the customer’s damaged electrical system are restored.

What if my neighbor has power but I don’t?

  • You may be on a different feeder line, or a different transformer may serve your location.
  • The transformer serving your location may be damaged. These are the last system devices to be repaired because resources are focused on restoring the greatest number of customers first.
  • Your weatherhead conduit (the pipe and wire extending above your roof) may be damaged or bent. If so, you must have an electrician repair it and have an inspection before power can be restored.
  • If you own your own underground service, it may be damaged, which is usually caused by tree roots. If so, you must have it repaired by an electrician and inspected before power can be restored.

Don’t connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring at the breaker panel or meter. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home’s wiring can ‘back feed’ onto the power lines connected to your home. Utility transformers can then “step-up” or increase this back feed to thousands of volts—enough to kill a utility lineman making outage repairs a long way from your house. You could also cause expensive damage to utility equipment and your generator.

The only safe way to connect a portable electric generator to your existing wiring is to have a licensed electrical contractor install a transfer switch. The transfer switch transfers power from the utility power lines to the power coming from your generator.

Never plug a portable electric generator into a regular household outlet. Plugging a generator into a regular household outlet can energize “dead” power lines and injure neighbors or utility workers. Connect individual appliances that have their outdoor-rated power cords directly to the receptacle outlet of the generator, or connect these cord-connected appliances to the generator with the appropriate outdoor-rated power cord having a sufficient wire gauge to handle the electrical load.

Don’t overload the generator. Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator. Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics. Prioritize your needs. A portable electric generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.

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