How We Manage Trees

Integrated Vegetation Management Methods

Duke Energy must balance the needs of our customers with the need to control costs and provide safe and reliable electric service. To maintain reliable service and minimize outages, it is important that we maintain trees and other vegetation along the lines that deliver electricity to our customers.

  • Methods for systematically addressing vegetation that will interfere with the operation of power lines. We use specific information such as reliability data and other indicators to prioritize lines for tree pruning and removal.
  • Reactive vegetation management is cutting vegetation with a high or demonstrated risk of interference with lines.
  • There are a variety of factors that determine whether or not a tree must be trimmed or cut down. Felling trees is cutting down trees inside or outside the right of way that are at risk of falling on or otherwise threatening power lines.
  • Helicopters are used to trim trees along power lines in unmaintained areas.

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For questions or concerns about rights of way or vegetation maintenance please contact a Duke Energy customer care representative.

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