Trees growing under or near power lines are the most common cause of power outages. To ensure reliable and safe power service, FKEC implements a comprehensive vegetation management program.
FKEC is required by law to maintain certain clearances and varies the pruning to meet these requirements. The co-op’s specially trained Tree Crews use pruning techniques and arborist cuts to maintain a tree’s health and encourage growth away from lines.
If you are currently without power or see a tree touching power lines causing sparking or a hazardous conditions call FKEC immediately at (305) 852-2431 or in an emergency 911.
Tree Trim Requests
Remember, NEVER attempt to trim or prune any vegetation near power lines. If you see vegetation that is, or potentially could, interfere with power lines or equipment, file an online Tree Trim Request, call (305) 852-2431, or visit an FKEC office.
Remember, FKEC is only responsible for trimming vegetation around co-op electrical lines and equipment.
Tree Planting Guidelines
Be a part of the solution, and plant the right tree in the right place. FKEC’s Comprehensive Planting Guide (PDF) can assist you.
Please note that any planting to occur off your property on city, county or Department of Transportation Right-of-Way requires proper permitting.
Before Planting Consider
- Rate of growth: Slow growing plants are easier to groom and maintain.
- Mature size: Small, immature trees planted today can grow into problem trees in the future so please consider the ultimate mature size of a tree before planting.
- Canopy size: Large canopy trees grow up and out. Plant these trees away from power equipment.
- Root system: When planting near underground power equipment, use only vegetation with a shallow root system.
- Air Flow: Power equipment needs ventilation to operate properly. Do not plant trees or other vegetation that will obstruct natural airflow around overhead and underground power equipment.
Underground Power Equipment
Even areas served by underground power have some above ground equipment that requires clearance. Utility workers must have proper clearances (10 feet in front and 3 feet on all other sides) to use a “hot stick” to work on padmount transformers (equipment necessary for underground power). See diagram below: