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Tree Clearing

For Safety And Reliability Kevin Lockman, Vegetation Management Supervisor

“Maintaining open rights-of-way is key to faster outage restoration, enabling our line crews to more quickly locate a problem area, get the necessary equipment to the site, inspect that stretch of line, and restore power safely and efficiently.”

At Great Lakes Energy, we work hard to provide our members with safe and reliable electric service. To achieve that goal, proper tree trimming and clearing of the areas in and around our power lines, called the right-of-way, is a critical component.

to Australia! Thus, to clear all of the powerlines in our nine service areas, it can take almost eight years to complete. We also identify and remove dead, dying or diseased trees that can fall on power lines and respond to over 2,500 service requests from our members.

Trees growing too close to electric lines can cause service interruptions, especially when we experience ice, wet snow, or windy conditions. More importantly, trees, brush, vines and other vegetation can be conductors of electricity creating a safety hazard.

Tree work is performed by professional contractors trained to operate around highvoltage power lines and using specialized equipment to aid in this challenging work. Never attempt to trim or remove trees near power lines yourself.

To ensure we effectively maintain our rights-ofway, our vegetation management department is charged with developing an effective tree clearing program that will improve reliability to our members by reducing outage minutes and ensuring the safety of our crews, contractors and the public.

When routine vegetation maintenance is scheduled, we notify members first by mail, phone and email. As work progresses and if we are working in and around yard areas, our contractors will personally contact you.

Keeping trees from growing into the electric lines is not our only objective. Maintaining open rights-of-way is key to faster outage restoration, enabling our line crews to more quickly locate a problem area, get the necessary equipment to the site, inspect that stretch of line, and restore power safely and efficiently.

We may also move trees and vegetation, taking into consideration how large they will be at maturity, to avoid conflicts with power lines in the future. Please let us know if you have any concerns about work being performed or would like to discuss proper planting locations. It is also important to call MISS DIG (811) before digging so buried utilities are marked correctly.

GLE has over 11,000 miles of overhead electric line. As a matter of reference, from our Boyne City headquarters, it is less than 10,000 miles

Please contact our vegetation management department with concerns or if you notice a tree that is endangering the powerlines.

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March 2019 GLE  

March 2019 GLE