TREES & LINES
Trees are a major cause of power outages. Overgrown trees not only cause outages, they also prevent our crews from repairing equipment quickly and delay the process of restoring power.
Managing trees is a community responsibility and by working together, we can help prevent power outages and keep the community safe.
The Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003 (Tree Regulations) set out the obligations of tree owners and us. The Tree Regulations prescribe the minimum safe distances for trees growing near network power lines. When we see trees growing too close to power lines, we are required to take action by either trimming them or notifying the tree owner that they are required to trim their trees.
Some trees growing outside of the growth limit zone can also cause problems, particularly during a storm. Where we identify trees that could pose a hazard, we may contact the tree owner to work with them to remove the potential hazard. These are typically trees that are weak, fast growing or shed bark.
The video below is a quick overview (1.2 mins) of keeping trees away from power lines.