DTE Energy announces tree trimming schedule
Line clearance program improves electric service reliability
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.
Huron County Port Austin Township
Sand Beach Township
Village of Bayport
Village of Pigeon
Lapeer County Hadley Township
Village of Hadley
Macomb County Fraser
Oakland County Springfield Township
Sanilac County NONE SCHEDULED
St. Clair County Port Huron Township
Wayne County Livonia
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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
Contact: Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, +1-313-235-3202
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