Trees are one of the major causes of power outages in areas with overhead utility lines. When trees contact live wires they may become conductors of electricity, causing power outages or creating dangerous situations for anyone coming in contact with the trees.There are several ways NOVEC helps prevent outages caused by vegetation growth near utility lines:
NOVEC works hard maintaining its rights of way near overhead lines to provide safe and reliable electrical service. Tree pruning or take down outside of this regularly scheduled maintenance is completed only at the request of the landowner or to correct a hazardous situation. If you have a tree next to an overhead line that needs to be taken down or pruned, please contact our Vegetation Management Department to meet with you and review the trees of concern. Trees planted in the proper location can actually lower your electric bill by providing shade in the summer and protection from cold winds in the winter. Visit the Arbor Day website for more information on planting the right tree in the right place.
No new trees should be planted within any NOVEC overhead or underground rights of way. You can help by following our landscaping standards when planting trees near NOVEC lines. And of course, always call before you dig by contacting Miss Utility at least three days in advance (not counting weekends and holidays) to have your underground utilities marked. They can be reached by simply dialing 811.