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.