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Right of Way Guidelines

Clarke Electric is dedicated to providing our member-owners a safe and reliable energy source-electricity.  However, trees planted too close to our power lines can significantly impact our ability to deliver a safe and reliable product. A clear right-of-way is essential.

Trees growing in or around the power lines are the #1 cause of blinks and outages on our system.  For our member-owners, this means inconvenient interruption in service.  For us, it means a trouble call for our line crews and an added expense.

Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) require electric cooperatives to have effective tree trimming, ROW clearing, and maintenance programs in place.


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Clarke Electric's Right-of-Way (ROW) Program

Clarke Electric will maintain ROW clearance over, along, and across the premises where the power lines are located.  Cycles and methods are determined using best judgment, knowledge of local factors, and industry standards.  The cooperative uses contractors and employees to perform ROW work.

CEC's program consists of a combination of:

  • Tree and brush pruning
  • Removal of hazardous trees
  • Chemical treatment on smaller trees in ROW or to impede future growth


How You Can Help?

Member-owners can help by trimming trees and underbrush that could grow to interfere with ROW guidelines.  For safety reasons, don't attempt to remove or trim trees already near or touching the lines. Call CEC and we will ensure that a crew takes action and prevents possible power loss.  When crews are on your property, please allow them to remove trees and underbrush near power lines.

When planning future landscaping, consider the mature size of trees and shrubs to determine a proper planting distance.  The planting guideline below can help you choose the best vegetation for you and your cooperative.  Together, we can find solutions that allow trees to flourish while maintaining a clear ROW for power lines.


Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place

Tall trees should be planted away from overhead utility lines.

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