Managing right of way improves reliability and saves money
Whether it’s during a major storm or a windy day, the majority of outages on North Alabama Electric Cooperative’s system are the result of tree limbs and other debris falling on power lines. That’s why right-of-way crews work throughout the year to clear vegetation around cooperative lines.
If you are a member living in Grant, Woodville or Paint Rock service areas, be aware that NAEC crews will be clearing rights of way in your area between now and October.
- NAEC crews will trim trees throughout Paint Rock Valley and Woodville service areas from now until October.
- Contracted crews will be spraying to control underbrush growth in Grant and Paint Rock from late summer to early fall.
NAEC trims trees and other vegetation for a total of 30 feet around power lines, allowing for 15 feet on each side of primary lines. This not only helps the cooperative maintain reliable service, but it also keeps rates lower for all members.
“Maintaining that right of way is important because electric power is a necessity for some people who might be on ventilators or have other home health care needs,” says Brandon Evans, NAEC’s right-of-way foreman. “When lines go down those costs also go into the power bill, so maintaining them keeps rates down.”
If you have questions about NAEC’s right-of-way policy or this year’s clearing schedule, please call our office at 256-437- 2281 or 800-572-2900.