Trimming from the Sky

In addition to our own right-of-way crews, we contract with LaRoche Aviation Services to keep the power on for The Energy Cooperative’s electric members. Their helicopter is used to maintain clearance from our lines in the cooperative’s rights-of-way.

Aerial trimming is planned for the Hickman substation area.

Right-of-way (ROW) is the area around the cooperative’s poles, lines, and equipment where tree limbs and other vegetation can compromise reliability if not maintained properly. By utilizing aerial cutting we can reach limbs overhanging power lines that other equipment cannot. It is the most cost-effective and efficient way to maintain line clearance on a cycle that minimizes vegetation growth.

A well maintained right-of-way helps minimize outages to our membership and is the main reason we work hard to keep trees from growing into our power lines.

ROW clearing includes cutting, mowing and spraying at minimum a 30 ft right of way for single phase line and at minimum a 40 ft right of way for a three phase line electric facilities.

LaRoche Aviation Services is an aerial tree service dedicated to providing the safest and most cost-effective solution for vegetation management.