As part of our commitment at Consumers Energy to deliver energy safely and reliably, we are increasing our work to keep trees away from electric lines in communities across Michigan.
Trees account for about 30 percent of all power outages, and fallen trees or limbs can cut power to hundreds or thousands of people at a time. VIDEO: Trees and Power Lines
About 700 workers are currently in the field trimming or removing trees that come in contact with electric lines. They plan to work along 6,375 miles of lines, enough to travel from the Indiana or Ohio state line to the Mackinac Bridge more than 20 times.
We are dedicating more resources to forestry this year than in 2013 and addressing the circuits most affected by tree-related outages to improve reliability for the 1.8 million homes and businesses we serve.
By keeping trees from coming into contact with wires, we give our customers the best chance to keep their lights on during the worst of Michigan’s weather.
An important part of our forestry work is sustainability and planting the right tree in the right place. We worked to provide more than $50,000 in grants last year to help plant more than 390 trees in more than 40 communities. This year, the company is doubling that amount to $100,000, with maximum grants to communities of $2,000.
Trees and Power Lines In Your Community
- Our crews share local tree-trimming plans to residents well in advance of the actual work.
- Planners walk circuits where work is scheduled, talking to residents in person or leaving contact information, and marking trees that will be trimmed.
- Letters also are mailed in advance to all homeowners and businesses along circuits where work will take place.
Learn more and get a list of preferred trees to plant near power lines at http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/forestry.