Clearing The Path For Reliability

Butler Rural Electric Cooperative strives to balance maintaining the beautiful surroundings we all value with ensuring reliable electricity. That’s why we engage in regular tree and vegetation management.



Keeping power lines clear of overgrown vegetation improves service reliability. During severe weather events, fallen tree limbs may take down power lines and utility poles. In fact, about half of all outages can be attributed to overgrown vegetation. This is why you sometimes see Butler Rural Electric Cooperative’s contractors trimming trees near power lines. Our trimming crews have been trained and certified based on the latest industry standards.


All U.S. electric utilities are required to trim trees that grow too close to power lines. Scheduled trimming throughout the year keeps lines clear from overgrown or dead limbs that are likely to fall, and we are better able to prepare for severe weather events. Plus, it’s more cost effective to undertake preventive maintenance than it is to make repairs after the fact.



Working near power lines can be dangerous, and we care about your safety and that of our lineworkers. For example, if trees are touching power lines in our members’ yards, they can pose a grave danger to families. If children can reach those trees, they can potentially climb into a danger zone. Electricity can arc, or jump, from a power line to a nearby conductor such as a tree.



As a co-op, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative always strives to keep costs down for our members. If trees and other vegetation are left unchecked, they can become overgrown and expensive to correct. A strategic vegetation management program helps keep costs down for everyone.


When it comes to vegetation management, there are ways you can help, too. When planting new trees, make sure they’re planted a safe distance from overhead power lines. Medium-height trees (40 feet or smaller) should be planted at least 25 feet from power lines. Taller trees (over 40 feet) should be planted at least 50 feet from power lines. You can also practice safe planting near pad-mounted transformers. Plant shrubs at least 10 feet from the transformer door and 4 feet from the sides. If your neighborhood has underground lines, remember to contact 811 before you begin any project that requires digging.


Additionally, if you spot an overgrown tree or branch that’s dangerously close to overhead lines, please let us know by clicking here or call 513-867-4400.


We have deep roots in our community, and we love our beautiful surroundings. Consistently delivering electricity takes a balanced approach, and our vegetation management program is a crucial tool in ensuring service reliability.



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