Put The Right Tree In The Right Place When It Comes To Power Lines, Utilities

| March 8, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Ike Pigott

Longtime Alabama residents will tell you that the spring planting season typically starts around Easter. The successful “green thumb” will also tell you that good gardens and great landscaping take planning.

With that in mind, Alabama Power has a resource to help you decide which plants and trees will play nice with nearby power lines and structures.

In all, the utility has a lot of ground to cover. The transmission lines – the tall ones running from power facilities to substations – cover more than 10,000 miles of corridors, and the rights-of-way take up 100,000 acres. Clearing the local distribution lines (the ones running to homes and businesses) means Alabama Power must patrol another 70,000 miles of corridors and 200,000 acres. Trees and other vegetation that threaten to interfere with power lines and equipment become potential hazards that can cause serious injury or death. Beyond that, they are a significant factor in service interruptions.

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