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 line clearance 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 2018 line clearance plan:
Re-grooming: Once the line is clear, we return to trim and mow for any new growth.
We will re-groom the following areas in 2018: Keeler, Paw Paw, Hartford, Covert, and Bloomingdale in our southwest service territory, and Seneca in our southeast territory.
Spraying: We employ a long-term spraying strategy to manage continued regrowth 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 in 2018: Marcellus, Twin Lakes, Jones, Keeler and Palmyra in southwest Michigan and Seneca Township in southeast Michigan.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission addresses the need for vegetation management as a measure of reliability and safety. Visit the FERC Electric Reliability page 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.
Call Before You Dig
Whether you are a homeowner or a professional contractor, if you are planning a project that will involve digging call 8-1-1 to protect yourself and others from hitting underground utility lines.