Co-Mo Connect has contractor crews clear the Right-of-Way (ROW) and conduct vegetation management to provide our members with the reliable power they need. Our contractor crews perform this work to minimize the potential time members would be without power should a tree or tree branch fall on our lines and disrupt electric service.
We clear our overhead primary circuits 40 feet (20 feet on both sides of the line) from ground to sky. Likewise, all underground primary circuits must be maintained to 20 feet from ground to sky.
The illustration below shows our overhead ROW clearing. You can see that the 40 feet space (20 feet on either side of the line) is a “no tree zone” as those trees would grow to have a higher potential impact on our system should they impact our lines. Additionally, the illustration shows trees that may need to be trimmed due to their height. If they were to fall, they are tall enough that they could reach our lines.
We clear the ROW because:
- It decreases the chance that a tree or branch will fall during a severe weather event that would cause members in that area to be without necessary power for an undesired duration of time.
- It provides our linemen and contractors with a safer area to work. Fallen trees and debris in powerlines can cause hazardous working conditions.
- It decreases the chance of a hazardous electric and/or fire emergency on the landowner’s property.
- It is in the best interest of our electric membership to provide a safe and reliable service.
How are members alerted of ROW maintenance happening in their area?
- Before ROW maintenance/vegetation management begins, members receive a postcard indicating that a Co-Mo contractor will soon be working in their area.
- In some cases, if a member has a tree on their property that could potentially disrupt electric services reliability, but the member is not home, a door hanger will be left on their door indicating the date the property was visited, where the tree is located, and contact information for them to call about the tree.