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Spring cleaning’ delivers safe, reliable power

G. Thomas Upshaw | President & CEO

SPRING GIVES US a chance to thaw out after a chilly winter. Most of us take advantage of longer daylight hours by doing a little spring cleaning and yard work. Similarly, to protect our lines and keep power flowing safely to your home, Palmetto Electric Cooperative maintains our rights of way. Think of it as spring cleaning for power lines. The difference is, here in the Lowcountry, where vegetation grows almost non-stop, we do our “spring cleaning” throughout the year.

Right-of-way (ROW) maintenance keeps tree limbs and other obstacles away from high-voltage power lines. It’s an important part of the service we provide to you, our members, for three reasons: safety, reliability and cost.


0314Power lines are a constant part of our landscape; it’s easy to forget they are around. We work hard to keep the area around our lines clear, but we need your help. Be alert this spring. Don’t plant trees or tall vegetation under power lines, and keep an eye out for power lines when working in your yard.
Our primary concern is the safety of our workers and members. Properly maintained ROW keeps our crews safe when they are restoring service and maintaining our system. Keeping trees clear of power lines also keeps your family safe. From making sure a child’s tree house doesn’t hit power lines to creating a safe environment while doing yard work, a well-maintained ROW helps avoid tragedy.

If severe weather blows through — as it did this winter and can do at any time of year — a well-maintained ROW leads to fewer outages and faster response time. Trees are less of a threat. When trees do fall, crews are able to restore service more quickly than they could with poorly maintained areas.

As a not-for-profit cooperative, Palmetto Electric strives to keep costs affordable for you, our members. Maintaining our ROW is an important part of controlling costs. Fewer and shorter outages save money for everyone. When crews work in well-maintained areas, we can reduce risks for employees and equipment too — another way to keep costs low.

Safety, reliability, and cost: this is why we believe in ROW “spring cleaning.” If we compromise on one of these areas, it impacts the others. At Palmetto Electric Cooperative, we aren’t willing to compromise. Maintaining our ROW is a priority for your safety, comfort, and pocketbook.

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