DTE Energy announces tree trimming schedule
Line clearance program improves electric service reliability
DETROIT, Sept. 27, 2013
DETROIT, Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --To improve electrical service
reliability and safety for customers, DTE Energy 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.
County Caseville Township
Village of Ubly
Lapeer County Imlay City
Village of Almont
Macomb County Ray Township
Saint Clair Shores
Oakland County Franklin
Village of Sandusky
St. Clair County Kimball Township
Grosse Pointe Shores
Grosse Pointe Woods
System Improvements (Address Search):
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 an electric utility serving 2.1
million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving
1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio also includes
non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects and
energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com,
twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.
SOURCE DTE Energy
Contact: Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, 313-235-3202
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.