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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Duke Energy Reliability Work – Vegetation Management

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As a provider of an essential service, Duke Energy is committed to delivering reliable power to you and your community. During the pandemic, crews will continue to remove hazard trees that threaten to fall onto power lines from outside our right of way. Crews will be practicing social distancing and will stay at least 6 feet away from others.

Duke Energy hires qualified, trained tree personnel to inspect and clear vegetation that poses a threat to our power lines, using integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices that are based on the voltage and type of line, as well as the type of vegetation and its proximity to the line. More information on our vegetation management practices can be found HERE.

While Duke Energy cannot guarantee uninterrupted service all of the time, these measures ensure we continue to provide our customers with exceptional reliability and improve those areas that have been more susceptible to vegetation-related outages in the past. 

Crews will commence maintenance tree work along electric lines located within your municipal boundaries during the 3rd quarter of 2020. The tree crews will be cleaning up all debris associated with our maintenance activities. As a reminder, debris resulting from storm damage or other events unrelated to our maintenance activities is the responsibility of the homeowners. Part of the pruning activity may occur on lateral lines, some of which will require climbing in rear lot areas.

This notification constitutes the notice required by Florida Statute 163.3209. 

Trees are a leading cause of power outages. Duke Energy’s progressive tree care practices help minimize outages during storms. Duke Energy Florida has been recognized for its tree care practices with the distinctive Tree Line USA designation from The National Arbor Day Foundation for 14 consecutive years. Duke Energy works to balance the need for reliable electric power with sensitivity for the environment and tree health.  Tree crews use a technique known as directional pruning, which is endorsed by The National Arbor Day Foundation and the International Society of Arboriculture. Qualified employees are supervised by certified arborists.

To learn more about tree care practices please visit Duke Energy’s website at www.duke-energy.com/trees.

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