Clearing the path to reliability

Posted on Jun 22 2024 in Daviess-Martin County REMC
Ryan Dant

Trees are beautiful and good for the soul. But we also know that our members depend on us to deliver reliable power to their homes and businesses. That’s why Daviess-Martin County REMC strives to balance maintaining the beautiful surroundings we all enjoy while ensuring reliable electricity. You might not realize it, but there are several benefits to regular tree trimming


Keeping power lines clear of overgrown vegetation improves service reliability. After all, we’ve seen Mother Nature’s whims during severe weather events, with fallen tree limbs taking down power lines and utility poles. While many factors can impact power disruptions, about half of all outages can be attributed to vegetation. This is why you see Daviess-Martin County REMC crews or contractors out in the community trimming trees near power lines. Our trimming crews have been trained and certified based on the latest industry standards.

Scheduled trimming throughout the year keeps lines clear from overgrown or dead limbs that are likely to fall, and we can better prepare for severe weather events.

Plus, we all know it’s more cost-effective to undertake preventative maintenance than to make repairs Drone inspections after the fact. of power lines and vegetation allow us to reduce labor and equipment costs while bolstering reliability.


Working near power lines can be dangerous, and we care about your safety and that of our lineworkers. For example, if trees are in power lines in our members’ yards, they can pose a grave danger to families. If children can reach those trees, they can potentially climb into a danger zone. Electricity can arc, or jump, from a power line to a nearby conductor such as a tree.

Any tree or branch that falls across a power line creates a potentially dangerous situation. A proactive approach lessens the chances of fallen trees during severe weather events that make it more complicated and hazardous for lineworkers to restore power.


As a co-op, Daviess-Martin County REMC always strives to keep costs down for our members. If trees and other vegetation are left unchecked, they can become overgrown and expensive to correct. A strategic vegetation management program helps keep costs down for everyone.

When it comes to vegetation management, there are ways you can help, too. When planting new trees, ensure they’re planted safely from overhead power lines. Medium-height trees (40 feet or smaller) should be planted at least 25 feet from power lines. Taller trees (over 40 feet) should be planted at least 50 feet from power lines. You can also practice safe planting near pad-mounted transformers. Plant shrubs at least 10 feet from the transformer door and 4 feet from the sides. If your neighborhood has underground lines, contact 811 before you begin any project requiring digging. Additionally, if you spot an overgrown tree or branch dangerously close to overhead lines, please call us at 812-295-4200.

We have deep roots in our community and love our beautiful surroundings. Providing reliable service requires a balanced approach, and our vegetation management program is a crucial tool in ensuring that.

RYAN DANTChief Executive Office