Reducing outage time with vegetation management
Managing vegetation near electrical conductors helps keep reliability strong in several ways. Not only does it prevent outages, it also provides clear and unimpeded access for our crews to make repairs when power does go out. It keeps line workers, arborists and the public safe in the vicinity of power lines.
Maintenance is typically conducted on a five-year cycle, and regrowth is treated two years after the cutting. Approximately 736 miles of line are scheduled for clearing in 2020, spread between 18 projects. View map
We employ the industry best practice known as Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) with our line clearance contractors. IVM consists of a blend of manual, mechanical, chemical and cultural control of unwanted vegetation. The result is an ecosystem of low-growing plant species, which is very beneficial to wildlife, pollinating insects and butterflies.