EnergyUnited is committed to providing safe and reliable electric service to our members by maintaining our right-of-ways from trees and vegetation. Our right-of-way corridors are vital to the distribution and transmission of electricity. EnergyUnited currently uses two management methods.
We maintain our right-of-ways using an integrated vegetation management system. The use of environmentally safe herbicides allows EnergyUnited to keep undesirable undergrowth from growing into power lines, which reduces the possibility of power interruptions. The herbicides used are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and applied by trained licensed personnel.
EnergyUnited’s aggressive, science-based right-of-way maintenance program contributes to our ability to keep the power on. We are proud members of the National Wild Turkey Federation and proud of our commitment to a right-of-way program that is environmentally safe and protective of the wildlife found in our service areas.
EnergyUnited supports the importance of healthy trees, and at the same time, respects the dangers when trees are not planted a safe distance from distribution and transmission power lines. The goal of EnergyUnited is to prevent potential tree-related problems that threaten power lines. Our crews routinely inspect trees along the right-of-way corridors for potential hazards such as dead or leaning trees, or limbs that have grown into the power lines. Those trees are trimmed and/or removed if they pose a threat to the power lines.
When trimming right-of-ways, EnergyUnited will remove debris at its expense from “clean and maintained” areas; that is, an area that is maintained free of logs and brush. EnergyUnited does not remove stumps. In other areas, right-of-way debris will be left within the right-of-way boundaries.
Members may desire to have trees trimmed or cut which are in close proximity to EnergyUnited’s power lines. If in the opinion of EnergyUnited those trees pose a hazard to the lines, the member may request assistance from EnergyUnited in cutting or trimming. In situations such as this, the member may be responsible for the cleanup and removal of stumps. EnergyUnited is not responsible for trimming or removal of any trees located within the member’s service drop line. We will however, lower the lines to allow the safe removal/trimming of the tree if notified 2-3 business days in advance.
EnergyUnited right-of-way program enabled us to achieve a reliability rating of 99.97% in 2013, one of the highest in the nation.