Spring gives us a chance to thaw out after a chilly winter and take advantage of longer daylight hours. These days are ideal to do a little spring cleaning and yard work. Here at WCEC, we also use this time to perform a little cleaning of our power line Right of Ways. (ROW)
ROW maintenance keeps tree limbs and other obstacles away from high-voltage power lines. It's an important part of the service we provide for three reasons: safety, reliability, and cost.
Our primary concern is the safety of our workers and members. Properly maintained ROW keeps our crews safe when they are restoring service and maintaining our system. Because trees are a good conductor of electricity clearing trees clear from power lines also keeps your family safe. From making sure a child's tree house doesn't touch power lines, to creating a safe environment while doing yard work, a well-maintained ROW increases safety.
Power lines are a constant part of our landscape; it's easy to forget they are around. WCEC works hard to keep the area around our lines clear, but we need your help. Be alert this spring. Don't plant trees or tall vegetation under power lines, and keep an eye out for power lines when working in your yard.
If severe spring weather blows through, a well-maintained ROW leads to fewer outages and faster response time. Trees are less of a threat but if they do fall, crews are able to restore service more quickly than they could with poorly maintained areas.
As a not-for-profit company, WCEC strives to keep costs affordable for you. Maintaining our ROW is an important part of controlling costs. Fewer and shorter outages save money for everyone. When crews work in well-maintained areas, we can reduce risks for employees and equipment too-another way to keep costs low.
Safety, reliability, and cost: this is why we believe in ROW 'spring cleaning.' If we compromise on one of these areas, it impacts the others. At WCEC we aren't willing to compromise. Maintaining our ROW is a priority for your safety, comfort, and pocketbook.
Visit wcec.org to read about trees and power lines and also tree planting tips.