Maintaining Service Reliability

May 01, 2022

We Love Trees Too

Tree trimming is a critical part of Salem Electric’s ability to deliver safe and reliable electric service. We know our members appreciate the beauty, shade, and environmental impact that trees provide, and so do we. But, did you know that trees and branches are the most common cause of power outages in the U.S.? Inclement weather, wind, trees, and power lines can be a dangerous mix without regular trimming during the growing season, and the Oregon Public Utility Commission requires us to maintain minimum clearances between trees and power lines. If you see us trimming trees, remember the many benefits it brings:

  • Improves reliability and reduces outage times
  • Reduces unexpected costs for repairs, keeping power affordable
  • Keeps lineworkers and members of our community safe

If you have a tree or large branch on your property that is growing into our overhead high-voltage power lines, please let us know so our crews can inspect the tree. Submit a tree trimming request by visiting You can also contact us at 503-362-3601 and provide the nearest address or location of the tree, type of tree, and a brief description such as limbs touching the lines, broken limbs, or a tree uprooting near lines.

Tree Trimming