Trees and Power Lines Don’t Mix

October 01, 2023

Tree trimming is critical to Salem Electric’s ability to deliver safe and reliable electric service. We know our members appreciate the beauty, shade, and positive environmental impact that trees provide, and so do we. But, did you know that trees and branches are a common cause of power outages in our area? Trees and power lines can be a dangerous mix without regular trimming. 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 your neighborhood safe

Salem Electric is required by the Oregon Public Utility Commission to maintain clearance between trees and power lines. Each fall, we inspect our service area for hazardous trees and limbs that have grown too close to our overhead lines and trim or remove those hazards as necessary. You can help by reporting trees that are hazardous, dying, or growing into power lines by submitting a Tree Trimming Request.


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