MVEC has an extensive Right of Way tree clearing program. Crews systematically inspect trees within our service area for two reasons:
- To manage trees that pose a problem for system reliability
- To ensure the safety of our members
Each year, MVEC crews make a visual inspection of the lines to identify areas where future trimming may be needed.
When trimming, MVEC seeks to obtain a minimum of three to six years of clearance, but the clearance needed depends on the voltage of the wires. The recommended clearance from the tree to power lines is 15’ on all sides and the recommended clearance from tree to powerlines is 4’.
Fast-growing, tall trees (such as elms, willows, silver maples) located directly under primary wires can cause repeated outages. To prevent repeat outages and keep the cost of our services down, we prefer to remove these trees rather than frequently prune them. A representative of MVEC will notify the property owner before removing a tree.
MVEC will de-energize lines for professional tree trimmers so they can perform the trimming safely. Please call MVEC Dispatch at (952) 492-8255 or (800) 232-2328 to schedule a de-energizing appointment prior to contacting a tree trimming contractor. Please contact us 48 hours prior to the date you would like your lines de-energized.
MVEC contractors will clean up brush from a related trimming, but this does not include additional dead/diseased trees, brush/wood from a member’s property, or debris resulting from a storm or emergency trimming. Members may contact their city or county to see if there is an assistance programs.
If you have trees on your property that need trimming or removal, you can count on MVEC’s subsidiary, Carr’s Tree Service, to do the job. Carr’s provides FREE estimates for your home or business for tree shaping, tree trimming, tree removal, lot clearing, brush mowing, aerial bucket services and power stump removal.
Carr’s Tree Service also offers plant health care services, including trunk injections to protect:
- ash trees against Emerald Ash Borer
- oak trees from burr oak blight, insect problems, mitigate oak wilt problems
- elm trees against Dutch Elm Disease
For more information, call MVEC’s Dispatch center at (952) 492-8255 or (800) 232-2328.