Cloverland Electric Cooperative maintains more than 3,400 miles of distribution line. Due to the size of our service territory and its diverse terrain, a well-maintained right-of-way is critical in providing our 42,000 accounts with safe, reliable electricity.
There are many different causes of power outages. However, trees contacting power lines continue to be the leading cause. By clearing trees and brush from our distribution rights-of-way, we can significantly improve the quality of service delivered to you, and reduce the number of tree-related power interruptions and outages.
As a co-op member, you allow for the maintenance of the right-of-way. Both the National Electric Safety Code and the Michigan Public Service Commission require that we maintain a safe clearance around wires not only for public safety, but to insure reliable electric service.
Cloverland requires a clearance of 15 feet on either side of a utility pole. Trees located outside of home landscapes, immature trees and other forms of brush that potentially may come in contact with electric lines are removed as well. Vines growing on poles, guy wires or other equipment are cut near the ground.
“Managing vegetation is becoming an increasingly costly component of providing reliable electrical service. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of property owners in completing this important work.”
Cloverland Electric Cooperative is responsible to get the electricity to your meter. Lines and equipment beyond the meter are the member’s responsibility. However, the mast on the house (the pipe in which the wires run down to the meter panel – see illustration below) is also your responsibility. For example, if a tree damages the mast, an electrician will need to make repairs at your home.
Trees can add tremendous value to our homes and communities. They are a source of beauty in our landscapes, provide food and shelter for wildlife, shade our homes, cleanse the air, and a multitude of other benefits. However, trees growing near power lines present some real challenges.
A primary cause of blinks and power outages is trees contacting power lines. When tree limbs grow too close to power lines they can cause damage or interrupt your service. They could also create a safety hazard to you or your neighbors and slow the restoration process following an outage. We make every effort to provide you with safe and reliable electric service. In an effort to provide quality service, it is necessary to prune or remove trees when they are located too close to power lines, even in a home landscape setting.