Proper right-of-way maintenance is a good investment that enables us to help ensure our service is safe, reliable, and affordable for all.
There are three reasons we trim trees: safety, reliability and to save our members money. The first two reasons seem simple enough. Trees near power lines can pose a safety threat to people and pets on the ground. When trees get too close to power lines, outages are sure to come. But the third reason – saving money – is a little more complicated. Even though we spend millions of dollars each year trimming trees, it is actually cheaper to trim trees than not. Here’s why. Trees and other vegetation growing near power lines can create serious damage to the distribution system. A tree falling into a power line can not only break the wire, it frequently breaks the pole as well. Replacing a pole can cost thousands of dollars. If the pole has a transformer, security light or expensive monitoring equipment on it, the cost could be even higher. In most cases, the expense of trimming the tree is far less than repairing or replacing equipment.
CEMC Partners with A&G Tree Service, G&C Tree Service, Wolf Tree, and Looks Great Tree Service to assist with tree trimming.
Trees will only be removed if they pose a threat to your electric service. Repetitive trimming of fast-growing trees directly under power lines is costly, temporary, and ultimately damages the tree by causing it to develop internal decay. Therefore, CEMC recommends that you consider removing trees that will grow into the power line space.
Targeted herbicidal management that promotes grass growth and wildlife habitat is the most cost-effective way to maintenance and maintain wood growth in the right-of-way. CEMC has partnered with ChemPro for our herbicide management program. ChemPro only utilizes materials registered with the Environmental Protection Agency that is administered by contracted, licensed professionals.
Vegetation Management FAQs
Information on our vegetation management program, the how and the why.
800-987-2362 (ext. 1116)
800-987-2362 (ext. 6610)
800-987-2362 (ext. 7711)