When trees interfere with power lines, member experience outages. Trees are a major cause of power outages.
Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative's right-of-way (ROW) program requires removing vegetation, typically, from a 20-foot corridor on both sides of power lines to ensure safe conditions and reliable power.
Why is a clear right-of-way important?
A clear right-of-way improves power quality, reliability and safety!
We all enjoy trees, but when they interfere with power lines, reliability and safety are compromised. That's why it's important to remove trees, branches and brush from the right-of-way.
Trees and vegetation in the right-of-way:
- Cause power outages.
- Cause lights to blink.
- Obstruct visual inspections, making repairs difficult and costly.
- Block access for maintenance and repairs, causing delays.
- Waste electricity by drawing it into the ground.
- Become a fire hazard- Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative works with the DNR to help prevent forest fires by removing trees near high-voltage power lines.
- Become a safety hazard for utility workers and members- Children and adults should never climb, trim or touch trees that contact power lines.
How is the right-of-way cleared?
The right-of-way is cleared by cutting, trimming, mowing and where permissible, applying herbicides.
Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative treats all members equally when removing vegetation.
In most cases, all shrubs, brush and trees are removed under primary (main), high-voltage overhead power lines. They are also removed, as necessary, underneath and around secondary, low-voltage power lines that bring power from the transformer to your meter.
Cutting and trimming is done by trained, professional utility tree trimmers using specific and proven standards typical to the industry.
The electric system is regularly inspected for dead, dying and leaning danger trees. When found, they are marked and then trimmed or removed to eliminate threat to power lines.
What happens if I plant in the right-of-way?:
In the best interest of all members, new plantings are not allowed in the right-of-way. Upon notification, plants need to be transplanted or removed.
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