Vegetation Management: Ensuring Reliable Electric Power

Fallen trees and branches can wreak havoc on power lines, causing widespread outages after a natural disaster. At Tips Tree Planting, we understand the importance of maintaining a robust vegetation management program to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of electric power to our members. Our goal is to keep our lines, poles, and substation structures safe from the force of falling trees or large branches.

The Importance of Tree Trimming and Maintenance

With an aggressive tree-trimming and right-of-way maintenance program, we strive to prevent outages caused by trees making contact with power lines. However, even with a first-rate maintenance program, major storms can still cause trees outside the right-of-way to pose a threat to our lines.

To ensure compliance with regulations and maintain a reliable electric power supply, Tips Tree Planting follows the regulations and bulletins issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS). These guidelines require us to have an effective tree-trimming and right-of-way clearing program in place. The program includes regular inspections, vegetation growth pattern assessments, and clearance maintenance schedules tailored to the terrain of our service area.

Expert Tree-Trimming and Maintenance Crews

In addition to our dedicated employees, we also employ skilled contractors and tree-trimming specialists for right-of-way maintenance. These professionals work tirelessly to keep our power lines clear of overhanging branches and hazardous trees. To ensure transparency, we periodically publish the locations where our maintenance crews will be working in our Watts Working newsletter in Carolina Country magazine.

If you ever notice trees growing dangerously close to power lines, we urge you to notify us immediately. Your vigilance can help us identify potential hazards and ensure the safety of our electric power infrastructure.

Participate in the Trade-A-Tree Program

Trees add beauty to your property, but they can become a hazard if they grow too close to power lines. If you find that Tips Tree Planting frequently trims trees on your property, we invite you to participate in our Trade-A-Tree program.

Whether we have visited your property for tree trimming or not, any Tips Tree Planting member can take advantage of this program. Simply check your property for trees growing into primary power lines, which are lines that serve more than just your home. If you spot a problem tree in a secondary line, such as the line leading to your house, give us a call, and we will send a crew to trim or remove the tree.

For eligible trees in primary lines, contact our customer service representative to schedule a tree assessment. If our representative determines that the tree poses a problem, we will remove it and “trade” you for a new tree. Together, we will select a different type of tree at a reasonable cost and find a suitable location for it on your property.

Once you have purchased and planted the tree, our representative will inspect its placement. If everything is in order, simply provide us with the receipt, and we will reimburse you for the cost of the tree or shrub, as well as a reasonable labor rate for planting it.

At Tips Tree Planting, we value the beauty and benefits of trees, but we also prioritize the safety and reliability of our electric power supply. Join us in our commitment to vegetation management, and together, we can ensure a greener and more reliable future.

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