Or that TLC spends about $1 million each year on pruning trees? (That doesn’t include the cost of clearing trees or branches which have actually fallen on lines and caused a fault).
Needless to say, trees pose a major hazard to our network and to personal safety when they’re too close to power lines.
Branches that come into contact with lines can cause power outages and fires. Lines that are broken or damaged by falling branches or trees can also be hazardous to people and livestock. Do not approach! Pruning trees near power lines should only be carried out by those properly trained to do so, and sometimes requires the electricity to be temporarily shut off.
The property owner is responsible for ensuring all trees that grow on their land are kept clear of power lines. Our network maintenance team carries out a regular monitoring programme and will contact you to provide help and support.
The Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003 governs what distance trees and shrubs must be kept from power lines. These regulations set minimum encroachment distances which vary depending on the type of line and voltage involved.
TLC regularly monitors trees near power lines across our entire network and works closely with property owners when there’s a potential hazard. We will issue cut or trim notices when required, and provide you with all the advice and help you need to ensure your trees comply with the law.
For more information about clearance distances, safety, and your responsibilities click here.