Reducing Power Outages

Two initiatives are underway at the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative to reduce electricity losses and outages. One initiative involves the creation of a computerized vegetation management system to reduce tree- and vegetation-related accidents that can cause outages. The other will identify and try to prevent losses from theft and operating the distribution system. The Lovingston-based cooperative has created two new full-time positions to lead the initiatives. Senior vice president Bruce Maurhoff tells The News & Advance that about half of the cooperative’s outages are due to tree-related accidents.Maurhoff says the cooperative loses about 7 percent of the wholesale electricity that it buys.The cooperative serves about 35,000 customers in 14 counties.