Power outage explained

A power outage on Tuesday, June 13, affected many briefly and others for a little over an hour. The News contacted the electric companies involved for an official press release.

Here it is:


BECi members in the DeQuincy area (Oretta Substation) experienced a power outage on Tuesday, June 13, that affected 1,725 members from 4:36 p.m. to 5:43 p.m.

The outage was caused by a fire on a pole and equipment owned by BECi’s power supplier, located across the highway from the Vision Railroad Division at 1451 LA 27. The transmission line that distributes electricity to our substation is also owned by BECi’s power supplier and not BECi.

BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 44,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana.

To learn more about BECi, visit www.beci.org.


On Tuesday, June 13, there was a power outage in DeQuincy that affected approximately 1,146 Cleco customers. Power was restored to all customers as quickly and safely as possible – the outage was from 4:37 p.m. to 5:41 p.m.

It was caused by a damaged recloser, which is an automatic, high-voltage electric switch that works similar to a circuit breaker in a residential home. They are designed to isolate outages on the distribution system as well as prevent temporary ones from becoming longer lasting outages.