Trees & Power Lines

We're actively reducing outages and preventing safety hazards by properly managing vegetation near our power lines.

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Vegetation Management

Trees and power lines don’t mix.

When trees or other vegetation contact power lines, sparks can fly, power can be lost, electricity can travel to another object or structure, or even worse.

A leading risk for fires is improperly managed vegetation, and each year people are injured or killed when climbing or pruning trees near power lines.

To ensure the safe, reliable, efficient delivery of your power across our electric system, we actively follow industry best-practices for vegetation management.

Understand what our role is in keeping our rights-of-way clear of hazards so we can continuously provide you the safe, reliable power you depend on.

Learn the ways you can help reduce the likelihood of trees on your property contacting electric lines. And know what to do if you have a tree concern.

Our Role in Vegetation Management

Maintaining rights-of-way clearance is necessary to provide you safe and reliable service. We utilize our own tree trimming experts and contractor crews to clear trees and other vegetation along the right-of-way for our power lines. Our vegetation management plan operates on a 3-year rotation of areas across our service territory.

We operate within our rights-of-way, dependent on access. If we do not have proper access, we will work with members and always respect your property.

Vegetation Management FAQs

Know What Is Your Responsibility

When planning your home’s landscape, it is important to select the right tree for the right place. Because different trees have different mature heights, plan carefully where you plant each tree. Planting the right tree in the right place will enhance your property value and could add energy efficiency while also preventing costly trimming or damage to your home in the future.

Good landscaping must utilize shrubs and low-growing trees that are compatible with electric utility lines. Low-growing trees will not normally reach power lines, and therefore will help prevent power interruptions to you and your neighbors.

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