Tipmont's right-of-way Program
Our electrical system covers more than 2,600 miles, much of it through wooded areas. Unfortunately, trees and power lines just aren’t a good mix. In fact, trees growing in or around our power lines are the number one cause of blinks and outages on our system.
Trees too close to power lines can also be deadly to you and your children. Tipmont’s Right-of-Way, or tree trimming, program trims, controls and, if necessary, removes trees and other vegetation around 10 to 15 feet on either side of the centerline of electric lines.
How We Trim
Tipmont contracts with local professional tree-trimming contractors that specialize in this type of work. All of these tree trimmers are trained in and practice ANSI 300 standards for trimming trees (guidelines for preserving each tree’s health and longevity).
The following codes are used to mark trees:
- Blue dot = tree to be trimmed
- Blue X = tree to be removed; wood left for member’s disposal
- Blue line = brush (to be removed)
A Note About Tree Trimming:
All tree trimming is done in line with the International Society of Arboriculture Pruning Standards. If you have any questions about trees or other vegetation on your property that are close to power lines, please call us at 800-726-3953.
What We Trim
Tipmont maintains its power lines through tree trimming and removal. We handle the cost and cleanup, except for large logs and storm-related debris.
Frequently Asked Questions
If a Tipmont employee deems removal of a tree is necessary for safety purposes, there is no cost to the homeowner.
Yes, except in the instance where a tree has sustained damage from a storm and has come into contact with a power line.
Please call Member Service at (800) 726-3953 during our normal business hours of 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Our right-of-way coordinators accept appointments from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, or by appointment.
A clear right-of-way improves power quality, reliability and safety. We all enjoy trees, but when they interfere with power lines, reliability and safety are compromised. That’s why it’s important to remove trees, branches and brush from the right-of-way.