Mandatory Power Conservation Measures for Hatteras Island

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2017 3:38 p.m.
Dorothy Hester, PIO
252.473.8328 mobile

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) has advised Dare County that mandatory power conservation measures are necessary to meet the essential needs of their customers. In response to this request, Dare County has issued a state of emergency for Hatteras Island requiring all CHEC customers to remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers.

No other mandatory restrictions are in place. All roads and bridges in Dare County remain open and there are no restrictions on travel to and from any areas of Dare County including Hatteras Island and the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.  The mandatory evacuation order that Hyde County issued yesterday for visitors to Ocracoke Island does not include any areas of Hatteras Island.

There are no concerns about the quality of water that is being provided to the villages of Hatteras Island, however, the Dare County Water Department has issued a water conservation alert for Hatteras Island customers.  All residents and visitors are asked to conserve water as much as possible because the system’s water production capacity is diminished due to the power outage.

To reduce the risk of fire during this power outage, use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles. Remember that portable generators should only be used outdoors.

For updates on power outages and rolling blackouts, visit

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative website: http://www.chec.coop/

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasElectricCoop/

Click here to view Power Outage Questions & Answers from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau 

Click here to view the Emergency Declaration.