Between the lines
Article was added on Thursday, March 06, 2014
Spring gives us a chance to thaw out after a chilly winter.
I take advantage of longer daylight hours by doing a little spring
cleaning and yard work. But the seasonal shift isn't all good news.
The rapid change from harsh, cold air to warmer temperatures can
trigger severe weather. To
protect our lines and keep power flowing safely to your home,
Santee Electric Cooperative maintains our rights of way. Think of
it as spring cleaning for power lines.
Right-of-way (ROW) maintenance
keeps tree limbs and other obstacles away from high-voltage power
lines. It's an important part of the service we provide to you, our
members, for three reasons: safety, reliability, and
Our primary concern is the safety
of our workers and members. Properly maintained ROW keeps our crews
safe when they are restoring service and maintaining our system.
Keeping trees clear of power lines also keeps your family safe.
From making sure a child's tree house doesn't hit power lines to
creating a safe environment while doing yard work, a
well-maintained ROW helps avoid tragedy.
Power lines are a constant part of
our landscape; it's easy to forget they are around. We work hard to
keep the area around our lines clear, but we need your help. Be
alert this spring. Don't plant trees or tall vegetation under power
lines, and keep an eye out for power lines when working in your
If severe spring weather blows
through, a well-maintained ROW leads to fewer outages and faster
response time. Trees are less of a threat. When trees do fall, crews are able to restore service
more quickly than they could with poorly maintained
As a not-for-profit cooperative,
Santee Electric strives to keep costs affordable for you, our
members. Maintaining our ROW is an important part of controlling
costs. Fewer and shorter outages save money for everyone. When
crews work in well-maintained areas, we can reduce risks for
employees and equipment too-another way to keep costs
Safety, reliability, and cost: this is why we believe in ROW
'spring cleaning.' If we compromise on one of these areas, it
impacts the others. At Santee Electric Cooperative, we aren't
willing to compromise. Maintaining our ROW is a priority for your
safety, comfort, and pocketbook.
Floyd L. Keels
President and Chief Executive Officer
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