Tree trimming cuts down on power outages
Tree trimming crews from Seelbach are working in Pickett County to clear the right-of-way for Volunteer Energy Cooperative utility lines.
According to VEC's communication coordinator, trees and tree limbs are responsible for about 85 percent of the power outages. VEC crews and contracted crews use a variety of methods to keep the right-of-way clear.
The tree trimming process consists of using the natural/lateral cut method that is recommended by the National Arbor Day Foundation along with other professional trade organizations. Tree limbs will be cut that are within the 20 ft. right-of-way on each side of a utility pole and occasionally an entire tree will be removed. Currently the tree trimming crews will be working in Pickett County until the spring.
During mid summer, R.O.W. spraying takes place when growth is most active. The spraying helps to prevent extended power outages caused by falling trees and to assist with quick power restorations by improving access for service crews. This year, approximately 4,500 acres were sprayed with EPA approved herbicides by selective backpack spraying.
To help aid in all the efforts to help cut down on power outages, VEC also maintains an aggressive pole inspection/replacement program which is a non-stop effort.
If you have any questions or need to report a dangerous condition or outage, call 1-931-864-3732 or visit www.vec.org.