Trees are a valuable asset in commercial, private and public landscapes. They add beauty, help our environment and add value to the property. However, these same trees can be a major challenge for CCEC.
- Trees are one of the major causes of power outages in areas with overhead utility lines.
- When trees contact live wires they may become conductors of electricity, causing power outages or creating dangerous situations for anyone coming in contact with the trees.
CCEC works hard maintaining its rights of way near overhead lines to provide safe and reliable electrical service.
- We employ a certified arborist and contract with professional foresters to oversee our vegetation management program.
- For most of our rights of way, routine vegetation management activities are completed based on:
- expected re-growth rates of the tree species
- amount of clearance obtained at the time of pruning
- available program funding
- Trees planted in the proper location can actually lower your electric bill by providing shade in the summer and protection from cold winds in the winter. Visit the Arbor Day website for more information on planting the right tree in the right place.
If you have trees in your yard that are endangering our lines and equipment, please give us a call at (252) 247-3107 or (800) 682-2217 or complete this form to request trimming. We will contact you by phone before we send any crews or equipment to your property.
Before planting new trees, here are a few things to keep in mind. Remember! Call 811 at least three days in advance (not counting weekends and holidays) to have your underground utilities marked. They can be reached by simply dialing 8-1-1.