If you answered this question by saying trees coming into contact with power lines, you would be right! In fact, trees contribute to over half of our outage time.
That’s why your cooperative has a dedicated, year-round integrated vegetation management program to ensure your electricity reliability by protecting over 2,400 miles of power lines on the JOEMC system.
Keeping trees away from power lines is an important safety precaution. Trees and other objects that come into contact with power lines can become energized, leading to shock or electrocution. Even fallen power lines can still be energized, which is why no one but our line technicians should ever go near a downed power line.
A clear path for power lines creates a safer working environment for line technicians, whether they’re performing routine maintenance or power restoration.
Members can help by avoiding planting trees near power lines. For existing trees that are directly in the cooperative’s rights of way, the co-op helps with removal.
For more information about our right-of-way program, contact the office or click here.