Right of Way Maintenance
In the interest of protecting our members from electrical hazards and providing reliable electrical service, we conduct aggressive right of way clearing along our lines. Keeping electricity reliable and protecting the public from electrical hazards means Right-of-Way (ROW) clearing. Trees touching power lines are the most common cause of service outages and “blinks” and are dangerous.
The ROW clearing includes cutting, mowing, and spraying 15 feet from a single phase line and 20 feet from a three phase line and certain distances around buried gas pipelines and electric facilities. If you are planting a tree or installing a fence or other structure near underground utilities, please call (800) 255-6815 for safe distances. The Energy Cooperative uses herbicides to remove unwanted weeds, brush, and trees from rights-of-way. This enhances wildlife habitats by promoting grasses and other ground cover that birds, deer and small animals prefer. When doing so we practice precision application and use buffer zones to provide an extra measure of precaution by avoiding gardens, flowers and other plants important to you.