Our chief responsibility is to provide a reliable and safe electric distribution system, and trees are a major obstacle. To improve your service experience, we employ a proactive line clearance program.
Our standard is to obtain and maintain a ground-to-sky clearance of 15 feet, free from all obstructions, on each side of the power line. Recorded and prescriptive easements give us the right to access and use personal property to maintain our rights-of-way.
Following is our 2020 line clearance plan:
- SW territory: Cassopolis, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, Niles, West-side of Three Rivers and Vandalia
- SE territory: Adrian, Britton, Clinton, Tecumseh, and Tipton.
We employ a long-term spraying strategy to manage continued re-growth in newly-cut areas. It effectively controls tall-growing trees and bushes while promoting low-growing plants that are beneficial to wildlife. It offers cost-effective, longer-term results, and is endorsed by a number of environmental, forestry and wildlife providers.
We will spray in the following areas: TBD
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission addresses the need for vegetation management as a measure of reliability and safety. Visit FERC Electric Reliability for more information.
Our contract crews dispose of branches and limbs in the most economical and practical manner possible. During regular line clearing activity, crews will remove branches and limbs within maintained or landscaped areas and leave wood for use by the homeowner or resident. In non-maintained areas, crews will leave wood, branches, and limbs for use by the homeowner or resident or to decompose naturally. MEC does not remove stumps after tree removal. During emergency power restoration, crews clear trees from our lines and move to the next location. MEC does not return to remove wood, branches, and limbs.