Plant responsibly to keep your power flowing
There’s nothing quite as beautiful in nature as trees. Their buds mark the coming of spring.
Yes, we love trees….except those growing under or too near the power lines of Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.
When there’s stormy weather in the forecast, those natural beauties can become enemies.
Trees are one of the leading causes of electrical power interruptions. Just a single limb that comes into contact with a power line can blink lights or cause an outage.
Maintaining reliable electric service is a top priority. That’s why EKPC and owner-members regularly trim and clear plant growth that can potentially cause an outage or slow repairs by co-op line technicians. Remember:
• The 16 owner-members have a 15-foot easement on each side of the distribution system power lines (a total of 30 feet).
• For the high voltage transmission system of EKPC, there is a 50-foot easement on each side of the power lines (a total of 100 feet).
These easements serve as a buffer from encroaching limbs and vegetation that can interfere with electric service for you and your neighbors. That same area also allows us to access our wires and poles for maintenance and repairs.
We’re doing all we can to manage vegetation and avoid electricity interruptions caused by overgrown vegetation. But we need your help, too. Don’t plant anything in the easement zone.
Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable power. We’ll do our part with regular tree trimming. We hope you’ll do your part too.