Distribution Power Line Tree Clearance

We clear trees from overhead power lines to provide safe, reliable electric service

We live in a beautiful state with rolling hills, rugged mountains and lots of trees. Trees are a valuable and beautiful asset that complement our landscape and provide food and shelter to birds and other wildlife. Depending on the type of trees and where they are planted, they also shade our homes from the hot sun and reduce energy needs in the summertime.

However, when trees are planted without regard to their surroundings, or are not properly maintained, they can create serious issues that grow worse each year. They can cause property damage, create safety hazards, and disrupt our utility service.

At LG&E and KU, we work hard to provide you with safe, reliable electric service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Powerline Tree Clearance program helps create a safer environment for everyone and maintains the reliable electric service you expect and deserve. Keeping overhead powerlines clear of limbs and brush also allows our crews to detect and repair issues that impact service during storms or other times of trouble.

Even if your electric service is underground, it eventually connects to overhead lines that serve your area which could be impacted by tree growth.

We conduct Powerline Tree Clearance throughout our service area on a consistent and planned cycle to ensure reliable service.

What to expect when we trim

Trees are trimmed by our experienced professionals, and the work is supervised by our certified arborists. Our crews use proper methods designed to protect healthy trees. Some tree owners say they prefer topping or shaping trees, however, this requires numerous cuts between nodes which can actually weaken and shorten the life of the tree. There may be instances where we will use crown reduction techniques but our crews most often use techniques like the “V” or “L” cut specifically to ensure powerline clearance because these methods maintain the health of the tree. In some cases, this may mean the aesthetics or natural shape of the tree is dramatically altered. This is done intentionally to ensure that tree limbs are cut back far enough so they won’t grow into the powerlines before the next scheduled trimming cycle.

Disposal and clean up

After a tree is trimmed, smaller limbs and branches are run through a wood chipper and hauled away. In an effort to hold down costs, which means lower rates for customers, larger branches are cut into manageable lengths and left behind for the property owner’s use or disposal. In some areas like hillsides, leaving cut vegetation can protect against erosion.

During storm restoration: If a tree lands on a power line during a storm, causing the lines to sag and/or break from the pole, LG&E and KU will remove the trees from the line and restring the lines. The removal of the tree debris such as branches and large limbs is the responsibility of the homeowner. Crews will not be able haul away debris or use wood chippers as this could slow down restoration efforts. 

Our Powerline Tree Clearance program is one more way our energies go to serving you.