Our Vegetation Program
Rocky REA's extensive Vegetation Management Program eliminates safety hazards, reduces power outages, and improves power quality.
Electricity can travel through the limbs of vegetation towards the ground, energizing the ground and creating a dangerous situation. Maintaining the clearances around energized power lines, structures, and equipment is important.
Rocky REA has an obligation under the Alberta Electrical Utility Code (AEUC) to maintain the trees around overhead power lines to a safe distance. The code states:
"The operator of an electric utility system shall ensure that trees near overhead power lines are trimmed so that the following minimum clearances are maintained at all times, including the period between trims: (a) a vertical and horizontal clearance of 1.0m plus the minimum distance to prevent flash over."
Our program operates on a four-year cycle, managing trees and other vegetation growing around power lines. For that cycle to be effective, the management activity in the service areas needs to achieve enough clearance to maintain the line for four years.
We appreciate your patience as there is often close to a year between the time our consenters visit you and the crews arrive on site to complete the work. Please call our consenters back on their cell phones if they leave you a voicemail or note on your door.
Only certified utility tree trimmers are allowed to work on or around energized power lines