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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
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Pesky Animals and Power Outages

             DeRidder— We are all aware that lighting, wind and trees can cause power outages, but animals that climb, dig, fly and slither can also cause numerous problems for electric utilities. Squirrels, snakes, raccoons and birds are the most common of animals that cause power outages, squirrels being the number one cause of animal related outages throughout the United States.

             Each month, significant amounts of BECi outages are animal related. In 2013, 596 outages were due to squirrels and another 108 were due to snakes, birds and other animals. This year, BECi is experiencing an increase in animal related outages with 339 reported animal related outages (282 squirrels, 57 birds, snakes and other animals) since January compared to the 403 animal related outages in all of 2014. In May, 1,299 members in the Ragley area were without power for a few hours after two snakes made their way into the Ragley substation.

            There are many ways animals can cause outages. Nesting, chewing, roosting and plain curiosity top the list of causes around the country, but the most common is when an animal sitting or crawling on a line causes a short circuit. A short circuit happens when an animal’s body comes in contact with a piece of energized equipment. The path of electricity is diverted, traveling through the animal’s body, in search of a ground source. When the path of electricity is interrupted, special equipment senses this change and stops the flow of electricity, causing a power outage.

            While there is no way to completely eliminate animal related outages, BECi uses a variety of special equipment including barriers, coverings and special coated wiring, to keep animals away from lines and equipment. It is important for members to remember to keep trees, bushes and feeders, where animals congregate, away from power lines.

            Outages are an unavoidable event for an electric provider, but BECi is continuously working to supply our members with safe, affordable and reliable electricity. If you experience a power outage, you can report it using our 24-hour automated answering service by calling (800) 367-0275.

            BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 40,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana.

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First time Account Users: 

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Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office at 1-800-367-0275.


With BECi Share Program, your spare change can help to make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who need help within our community. Help us to help others by participating in our BECi Share Program. By signing up, your electric bill is ‘rounded up’ to the next highest whole dollar amount. For instance, if your actual electric bill is $83.87, it will be rounded up to $84. The additional 13 cents provides monetary assistance for various charitable and non-profit organizations.
Average contributions are only about $6 per year, and never exceed 99 cents in a single month. Individually, the amount contributed to BECi Share Program may not seem significant, but put this change together and it can go a long way in making a difference within our community. 
Click here to sign up for BECi Share Program.
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Physical Address:
1010 East First Street
DeRidder, LA 70634

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 970
DeRidder, LA 70634

Physical Address:
975 North Perkins Ferry Rd
Lake Charles, LA 70611

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12783
Lake Charles, LA 70612

Physical Address:
12542 Lake Charles Hwy
Leesville, LA 71446

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 367
New Llano, LA 71461


*Please note that the New Llano branch is closed for lunch from 11:30-12:30

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