Spring cleaning delivers safe, reliable power

Posted on Feb 26 2018 in Steuben County REMC

Good weather gives us a chance to thaw out after a chilly winter. We take advantage of longer daylight hours by doing a little spring cleaning and yard work. But the seasonal shift isn’t all good news. The rapid change from harsh, cold air to warmer temperatures can trigger severe weather. To protect our lines and keep power flowing safely to your home, Steuben County REMC maintains our rights-of-way. Think of it as spring cleaning for power lines.

Right-of-way (ROW) maintenance keeps tree limbs and other obstacles away from high-voltage power lines. It’s an important part of the service we provide to you, our members, 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. Keeping trees clear of power lines also keeps your family safe. From making sure a child’s tree house doesn’t hit power lines to creating a safe environment while doing yard work, a well-maintained ROW helps avoid tragedy.

Power lines are a constant part of our landscape; it’s easy to forget they are around. We work hard to keep the area around our lines clear, but we need your help. Be alert this spring and summer. Don’t plant trees or tall vegetation under power lines, and keep an eye out for power lines when working in your yard. For a visual reminder of where to plant which kinds of trees, see the graphic on page 8.

If severe weather blows through, a well-maintained ROW leads to fewer outages and faster response time. Trees are less of a threat. When trees do fall, crews are able to restore service more quickly than they could with poorly maintained areas.

As a not-for-profit company, Steuben County REMC strives to keep costs affordable for you, our members. 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 Steuben County REMC, we aren’t willing to compromise. Maintaining our ROW is a priority for your safety, comfort and pocketbook.