A well-maintained right-of-way increases system reliability. While trees are beautiful and help our environment, they are good electric conductors. Right-of-way maintenance is necessary to keep our employees, members and community safe.
Why we Trim Trees
Trees and vegetation are one of the major power outage causes. Tri-County Electric Cooperative works year-round to maintain the right-of-way for you, our member-owners.
How you can help
There are a few ways you can help with right-of-way maintenance. Together, we can make sure our right-of-ways are clear and we stay safe.
- If you are planning a landscaping project, always call 811 before you dig.
- Inspect your area before you plant. Make sure to leave at least 10 feet between vegetation and any electric equipment, including poles and padmount transformers.
- If you are planting trees, make follow these guidelines for planting to extend the life of your vegetation as it grows.
- Small trees and shrubs should be planted at least 25 feet from lines.
- Medium-sized trees should be planted at least 30 feet from power lines.
- Large, mature trees should be planted at least 40 feet from power lines.
- Remember, branches near or in power lines can be dangerous.
- Never plant trees under power lines.
Please do not trim trees or tree limbs yourself. If you notice vegetation near or in power lines, please call us at 817.444.3201.