Safety & Reliability

We tend to take energy for granted, until it’s not there. However, it’s critical to be mindful of your energy services as there are inherent safety concerns involved with the flow of electric current and gas.

As a regional provider of electricity and propane, Team Midwest is strongly committed to creating a culture of safety, both for employees and the community. We offer safety programs for schools, churches, civic groups, emergency response teams and other groups and organizations. Programs are free, adaptable for various audiences and timelines, and can be conducted in your facility or ours.

For more information or to schedule an electric or propane safety program, contact the community relations office at 800-492-5989, or email pr@teammidwest.com.

Emergency Situations
  • Stay away from downed power lines and warn others to do the same. Call us immediately to report downed power lines.
  • Don’t touch a person or object that is in contact with a power line; the electric current could flow through you.
  • Stay inside your car if it comes in contact with a power line. If the vehicle is on fire, exit by jumping clear of the vehicle with both feet at once, then quickly take short, shuffling steps to escape the danger. Keep both feet on the ground at all times.
Non-Emergency Situations
  • Beware of power lines when working near the home. Keep ladders a safe distance away from overhead lines and know where underground lines are located before doing any digging.
  • Home wiring that is old, overloaded or outdated can be dangerous. Have it checked by a licensed electrician.
  • Conduct regular safety checks in your home such as testing smoke alarms.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s safety warnings when operating any type of electric appliance.

For more on electrical safety visit SafeElectricity.org.

Reliability and Line Clearance

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 2017 line clearance plan:

Re-grooming: Once the line is clear, we return to trim and mow for any new growth. We will re-groom in the following areas in 2017: Twin Lakes Substation: Wayne, Volinia, Silver Creek, Hamilton, Decatur, LaGrange, Pipestone and Keeler townships; Marcellus Substation: Marcellus, Flowerfield, Van Buren Porter, Prairie Ronde, Decatur, Volinia, Newberg and Penn townships; Jones Substation: Calvin, North Porter, Constantine, Penn, Fabius and Newberg townships; and Palmyra Substation: Madison, Palmyra, Blissfield, Fairfield, Ogden, Riga, Deerfield, Raisin, and Adrian townships.

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 2017: Almena, Antwerp, Brady, Calvin, Constantine, Florence, Howard, Leonidas, Mason, Mendon, Milton, Mottville, North Porter, Ontwa, Oshtemo, South Porter, Texas, Van Buren, Wakeshma, White Pigeon and York townships in southwest Michigan; and Hudson and Medina townships 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.

Jobsite Cleanup
Our contract crews dispose of branches and limbs in the most economic 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. Midwest does not remove stumps after tree removal. During emergency power restoration, crews clear trees from our facilities and move to the next location. Midwest 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.