AVERY COUNTY, NC SERVICE AREA
                       PLANNED OUTAGE SCHEDULED
                                   FOR MAY 1, 2021
The planned outage originally scheduled for April 17th has to be postponed until May 1, 2021 due circumstances beyond MEC’s control. We apologize for this change. The areas affected will not change.
Mountain Electric Cooperative has a planned major power outage scheduled for Saturday night, May 1, 2021 in the Avery County, NC service area. This outage is necessary to shift the current load from the aged Cranberry Substation to a temporary substation for the purpose of refurbishing the current substation in a safe manner. The temporary substation will serve the load for several months during the refurbishment. Once completed (late October), the load will be shifted back to the permanent substation. These outages are not desirable; however, they are necessary to improve the reliability of the electrical system. The following areas will be without electricity beginning at 11:00 PM; Elk River Estates, Heaton Community, Hickory Nut Gap Road, Matney community and portions of Banner Elk. The following areas will be without power beginning at midnight; Newland, Cranberry, Minneapolis, Sugar Mountain, Grandfather, Montezuma, Linville, Pineola, Crossnore, Jonas Ridge, Old Beech Mountain, Blevins Creek, and Linville Falls. Please note that the outage will NOT affect portions of Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, and Elk Park. Work should be completed by 8:00 AM on Sunday morning. Contact 828-733-0159 with questions. Please share this post to help get the news out to all the affected members.