Power outage scheduled for Feb. 14


West Point electric customers will experience a short power interruption after midnight on Wednesday morning, Feb. 14, 2018, while the Tennessee Valley Authority connects the city’s power system to an alternate supply.  

To minimize impacts, the 10-minute is scheduled to start at 12:30 a.m. TVA has coordinated the outage and backup plans with West Point, 4-County EPA, and Okolona Electric to minimize the impact and insure coverage.

Wednesday morning’s outage allows TVA crews to continue rewiring substation equipment controls to the new switch house at their facility off TVA Road in West Point.

In the last five years, TVA has invested $16 billion in new transmission lines and facilities across its nine-state service area to ensure the utility can deliver 99.999 percent power reliably while lowering effective wholesale electric rates, which are now 2 percent below 2013 levels. 

Locally, TVA is investing more than $80 million into the region’s electric grid to support reliability as well as economic and community development efforts. Last year, TVA replaced the 500 kilovolt transformer bank at the West Point facility to better support the reliability of the transmission system