Trees are one of the major causes of power outages in areas with overhead utility lines. When trees contact live wires they may become conductors of electricity, causing power outages or creating dangerous situations for anyone coming in contact with the trees. While NOVEC works to maintain safe right-of-way areas, it is not responsible for disposing of tree wood.
NOVEC works hard to maintain its rights of way near overhead lines to provide safe and reliable electrical service. If you have a tree near an overhead line that may need to be taken down or pruned, please contact our Vegetation Management Department. They will meet with you to review the trees of concern.
Trees planted in the proper location can actually lower your electric bill by providing shade in the summer and protection from cold winds in the winter. Visit the Arbor Day website for more information on planting the right tree in the right place.