Why do electric utilities prune trees?
It’s a matter of safety and providing reliable power for the members we serve.
SAFETY—Utility vegetation maintenance reduces electric hazard risk to the public by:
- providing separation between wires and vegetation to eliminate potential electrical shock
- reducing potential wildfire hazards from tree/wire conflicts
RELIABILITY—Trees are among the most common causes of utility service interruptions. Trees that are too close to power lines can interfere with electric service; especially when weather brings lightning, wind, ice, or wet snow.