DTE Energy announces tree trimming schedule Line clearance program improves electric service reliability PR Newswire DETROIT, March 12, 2013 DETROIT, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --To improve electrical service reliability and safety for customers, DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) tree trimming crews will be working in several local communities over the next two months. During severe weather, fallen limbs and tree branches create about two-thirds of power outages. "By trimming to a 10-foot distance between tree branches and our power lines, we can significantly reduce tree-related power outages," said Vince Dow, DTE Energy vice president of Distribution Engineering and Construction. For the past 15 years, the company has received the National Tree Line USA Award for quality tree care. Tree trim crews follow International Society of Arboriculture standards to maintain the health of trees. "Our goal is to keep customers' trees alive, healthy and out of harm's way," explained Dow. "The pruning method we use removes only the branches located too close to power lines and helps ensure that future growth is directed away from power lines." After we trim, trees are less susceptible to disease and insect problems and because they're stronger, they're more resistant to high winds and heavy ice. Once the tree trim work is completed, DTE Energy removes small branches and debris from customer properties. Larger trimmed branches are cut to firewood length and left behind for customer use of disposal. DTE Energy will not remove diseased tree debris. Like most other utilities nationwide, DTE Energy also does not remove debris caused by severe storms. "When severe weather hits, our first priority is working quickly to remove downed wire hazards and restore power to customers," Dow said. In these emergency situations, crews will cut broken and uproot trees in order to reach locations that need repair. Customers are advised to contact their trash collectors or a professional tree removal company for advice on disposing of debris. Customers are responsible for keeping tree branches away from their service drops, which are the lines that run from utility poles to their home. Although the voltage running through the service drop is much lower than pole-to-pole wires, DTE Energy recommends hiring a professional tree service to complete this trimming. Visit dteenergy.com/treetrim to find more information about line clearance and proper tree planting. Bloomfield Township Chandler Township Fairhaven Township Huron Township McKinley Township Oliver Township Paris Township Huron County Port Austin Township Sand Beach Township Sherman Township Siegel Township Verona Township Village of Bayport Village of Pigeon Wisner Township Arcadia Township Attica Township Elba Township Lapeer County Hadley Township Lapeer Township Metamora Township Village of Hadley Lyon Township Livingston Williamston Township Centerline Chesterfield Chesterfield Township Clay Township Clinton Township Cottrellville Township Macomb County Fraser Ira Township Lenox Township Ray Township Roseville Sterling Heights Birmingham Oakland County Springfield Township White Lake Sanilac County NONE SCHEDULED Port Huron St. Clair County Port Huron Township Almer Township Fairgrove Township Indianfields Township Tuscola County Kingston Township Wells Township Milan Washtenaw Whitmore Lake Detroit Wayne County Livonia Sumpter Township Circuit Improvement Map: http://www.dteenergy.com/residentialCustomers/problemsSafety/treeTrim/improvementMap.html System Improvements (Address Search): http://www.dteenergy.com/map/systemImprovements.html DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, coal and gas midstream, unconventional gas production and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.comand at twitter.com/dte_energy. SOURCE DTE Energy Website: http://www.dteenergy.com Contact: Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, +1-313-235-3202
DTE Energy announces tree trimming schedule
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