Author: Monica Pugno

The steps needed to restore power quickly and safely

Electricity powers our lives. We depend on it for nearly everything we do. So we understand how frustrating it can be when you’re left in the dark.

Power outages are never convenient. It takes a lot of hands to keep your power on, and even more hands to get it up and running when an outage occurs. Trico works hard to restore your electric service when outages occur, but there are necessary steps to take to ensure that power is restored to the majority of Members as quickly, and safely, as possible.

Summer is here and with it come monsoon and other weather-related outages. After a major storm, line crews must identify which poles and lines have incurred damage. High voltage transmission stations feed power to Trico’s distribution substations. These substations serve thousands of Members. If there is no damage done to transmission towers, the local distribution substations are checked first. If the issue is isolated and can be resolved at the substation level, that’s good, it means thousands of our Members can get their power restored at once.

At times, the issue cannot be isolated to one of our distribution substations. If that is the case, crews inspect supply lines between the substations and the meters they serve. If the supply lines can be repaired, power can be restored to the towns and homes those lines serve, as long as there is no damage to the tap lines.

Tap lines carry power to the transformers located underground or connected to poles outside of homes and other buildings. Line crews identify which damaged lines to work on first based on which lines will restore power to the greatest number of Members.

Many times, the issue is resolved once the tap lines are repaired. But have you ever lost power only to look next door and see the lights still blazing from your neighbor’s window? When this happens, it generally means that the service line between your home and the nearby transformer has been damaged. If this happens, call Trico right away so we can send a line crew to your home.

If you lose service in your home or neighborhood, please remember the following:

  • Stay clear of downed power lines. Contact with these lines could be life threatening.
  • Report the outage to Trico as soon as possible by calling 744-2944.
  • Make sure to inform us if loss of power to your home affects life support systems or could cause any additional threat to health and safety.
  • To get outage updates on your phone or email account, sign up for outage notifications here.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation whenever an outage occurs. For more information on outages, check the Outage Map.

Trico employees enjoy volunteering for United Way’s summer library program

Trico employees enjoy volunteering for United Way’s summer library program

Trico employee Monica Castillo reads to Roadrunner Elementary students.

In May, Trico employees participated in My Summer Library program at Roadrunner Elementary School in Marana.

My Summer Library program is a collaborative literacy project facilitated by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona that offers students free books to take home for the summer to keep them sharp in preparation for the next school year. Trico employees served as guest readers and helped students select books for their summer reading.

“I am very proud to work for a company that gives back to the community,” Facility Maintenance Technician Jeff Stetson said.

Member Services Representative Monica Castillo said it was great to see the expressions on the faces of the students when they got to pick out the books.

“They were so cute,” she said. “A few of the kids asked if they could get a book for a younger sibling. When we read to them, they were very interested in the stories and asked questions. It was such a fulfilling experience.”

Trico also recently received a Circle of Excellence Award from the United Way in recognition of Trico’s 2019 fundraising campaign. Employee contributions exceeded $12,000 and Trico donated an additional $5,000.

Trico Electric is an Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer.
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