Causes

Causes

MGE maintains a rigorous schedule of equipment maintenance and tree trimming around power lines to minimize service interruptions. We strive to provide service you can depend on.

  • Weather is the number one cause of service interruptions:
    • Lightning can strike equipment directly or cause trees to fall into power lines.
    • Wind blows limbs and trees into power lines.
    • Rain and flooding causes damage to overhead and underground equipment.
    • Ice and snow can knock lines down or into each other.
  • Vehicle and construction accidents knock down poles or cut into lines or otherwise damage equipment.
  • Outages occur outside our distribution system, to the transmission system and substations that bring power to our system from more distant power plants.
  • Animals make contact that short-circuits equipment.
  • Unpredicted equipment failure. Sometimes things just break before we expect it.