Tree Trimming Policy

The Line Clearance crews trim trees that are a hazard to overhead power lines or that obstruct the illumination of streetlights. Using the latest in Arboriculture techniques, the crews achieve the needed clearance until the next scheduled trimming rotation. The adequate clearance is determined on a tree-by-tree basis, referencing the tree species, layout of the land, location of the tree, and the power line itself.

If the problem you are experiencing with a tree does not fall under these trimming guidelines, it is the responsibility of the customer to contact a private contractor to perform the work.

To request tree trimming, please call Customer Service at (910) 483-1382 or click here.

Essential Clearances

New Construction of Overhead Lines

Width may vary with site conditions –

  • Sub-transmission: Minimum of 50′ wide corridor
  • Two and Three Phase Primary: Minimum of 30′ wide corridor
  • Secondary Lines: All limbs within 5′ of the new line

Existing Overhead Lines

Width may vary with site conditions –

  • Sub-transmission: Minimum of 50′ wide corridor
  • Two and Three Phase Primary: 30′ corridor
  • Secondary and Service Triplex: Addressing just the limbs putting pressure or rubbing against the line will result in trimming 1′ to 2′ clearance. PWC will not remove vegetation greater than 4″ diameter for secondary and service wires.
  • Street Lights: 10′ trimming clearance for illumination of the street.
  • Area Lights: PWC does not clear for illumination of area lights. Only limbs that are interfering with the essential equipment for the operation of the light will be trimmed.

 

If you have any questions concerning PWC’s line clearance policies and procedures, please call (910) 223-4506.