When it comes to providing reliable electricity, LES’ track record is one of the best in the country. One of the ways we keep your power on is by decreasing the risk of a major contributor to outages — tree branches.
With your help, LES’ Vegetation Management Program eliminates any branches that are potentially dangerous or may cause an outage. And, we do it in a way that keeps our community looking great.
When vegetation and man-made construction are located too closely to transmission lines, they create hazardous conditions. In fact, contact with an energized power line or arcing (flow of electricity through the air) of one will cause property damage or serious bodily injury, including death. For safety and reliability, LES is required by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation to ensure natural and man-made hazards likely to interfere with electric transmission lines are eliminated.
Before we do anything, our crew members make an attempt to contact property owners and tenants to explain the pruning work that needs to be done on the property. In the case of some emergencies, advance explanation may not be practical.
Trees and shrubs play an important role in our lives whether we live in the city or rural areas. They consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, can help us conserve energy and money, provide shelter for birds and small animals, help control soil erosion, serve as privacy screens and noise barriers and add character and value to property. LES supports proper planting of trees and shrubs in our community and nurturing and maintaining existing plantings. Reducing conflicts between electrical facilities and trees and shrubs has a direct impact on you.
Two days before you dig, have utility lines marked in your yard. Call 811 or fill out the online form.
When your power goes out, sometimes power restoration efforts are delayed when crews encounter items that obstruct access to our ground-level equipment.
Occasionally, fences, flower beds, gardens and bushes are located too closely to this equipment, which creates safety hazards, can delay repairs, and makes it difficult to maintain.
Properly locating fences and landscaping will help us reduce restoration time and eliminate hazards. It also will save you money as it is the customer’s responsibility to pay the cost to move obstructions that are not installed to meet needed clearances.