Right-of-way management key to safe and reliable power

Posted on Jan 29 2021 in Decatur County REMC

At Decatur County REMC, our primary goal is to provide safe and reliable power to our membership. To help succeed in reaching our goal, we maintain a comprehensive right-of-way program, designed to help us fulfill our purpose while remaining environmentally responsible.

We proudly serve 7,800+ meters, 1,050+ miles of electric line across six counties, dedicated to ensuring a high level of service reliability. We clear rights-of-way using the safest and most efficient methods to ensure adequate and safe distance from trees and other vegetation. Our subject matter experts are always involved in right-of-way-related projects, to help ensure we maintain a high level of environmental responsibility.

In 2016 we adopted an aggressive right-of-way approach to clear the lines throughout the territory so we can then move to a maintenance approach.  We are on track to complete the reclaim endeavor by 2023.  

In 2020, our tree crews trimmed approximately 120 miles of line.  The circuits completed in 2020 include Washington 2, Washington 6, Santee 2, and Santee 3.  We also generated 94 tree investigation tickets, resulting in 84 tree contractor tickets related to specific issues outside of the scheduled clearing areas.  We expect that these numbers will go down as we continue to reclaim our circuits.  

The goal for 2021 is to continue to commit one tree crew to hot spotting and tree investigations.  The circuits scheduled to be trimmed are Washington 1, New Point 3 and begin work on Center 2.  We will also be spraying circuits that were trimmed in 2020 and mowing the Westport circuits to prolong the regrowth process in those areas.  

To learn more and to ask questions to our right-of-way experts, join us on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. for a virtual town hall meeting.

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