Outages | Storms

Outages | Storms

This section offers general information about what to do before, during and after an electrical outage.



To better understand what can cause a power outage, it is helpful to understand how MidAmerican Energy delivers electricity to homes and businesses.

Generation


Electricity Generation
Step 1

Transmission


Electricity Transmission

69,000 up to 345,000 volts

Step 2

Substation



Electricity Substation

Voltage reduction

Step 3

Overhead Distribution


Electricity Overhead Distribution

Feeder lines: 13,000 volts
A: Overhead tap and power lines
B: Transformer to reduce voltage

Step 4

Underground Distribution


Electricity Underground Distribution

C: Underground tap and power lines
D: Padmounted transformer to reduce voltage

Step 5

Homes and Businesses




Electricity Underground Distribution
Step 6

The first step in knowing what to do if the electric service connection to your home or business is damaged is knowing who is responsible for the damaged equipment. Here’s a general overview of what MidAmerican Energy owns and maintains and what a property owner owns and is responsible for.

Residential

Overhead Example


Overhead Example

Underground Example


Underground Example

MidAmerican Energy owns and is responsible for:

  • 1 - Service line
  • 2 - Electric meter

Property Owner is responsible for:

  • 3 - Weatherhead
  • 4 - Attachment hardware
  • 5 - Mast/Riser
  • 6 - Meter box

 
Nonresidential

Overhead Example


Overhead Example

Underground Example


Underground Example

MidAmerican Energy owns and is responsible for:

  • 1 - Overhead service line
  • 2 - Electric meter

Property Owner is responsible for:

  • 1a - Underground service line
  • 3 - Weatherhead
  • 4 - Attachment hardware
  • 5 - Mast/Riser
  • 6 - Meter box