Trees growing too close to power lines can cause sparks, fires, power outages and shock hazards. To avoid these problems, property owners need to make good choices when planting, and utility companies need to trim trees regularly.
A tree properly placed today can avoid problems tomorrow – especially where power lines are concerned. Here are some safety and energy-saving tips for planting.
Consider Energy Savings:
Planting trees in the right places can reduce your annual energy costs as much as 30 percent.
Newer developments typically have underground electric service coming from a green transformer box. If you want to surround the box with a fence or shrubs, you must maintain safe and easy access for our maintenance work. To help us avoid removing or damaging your landscaping, make sure you have a clearance of 3 feet on each side of our equipment and 10 feet to the front (where the lock is located).
National Arbor Day Foundation's Right Tree in Right Place
We Energies Planting Trees Brochure (PDF 816k)
Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest Interactive Guide
University of Wisconsin Extension Power Planting Guide (PDF 816kk)
Wisconsin Nursery Association Plants of the Year (PDF 721k)