Spring gives us a chance to thaw out after a frigid winter. Many take advantage of longer daylight hours by doing a little spring cleaning and yard work. To protect our lines and keep power flowing safely to your home, Access Energy Cooperative spends a lot of our man-hours maintaining 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 cost.
    
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 yard.
    
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 areas.
    
As a not-for-profit company, Access Energy Cooperative 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.         Safety, reliability, and cost: this is why we believe in ROW ‘spring cleaning’. If we compromise on one of these areas, it impacts all of the others. ROW is a priority for your safety, comfort, and pocketbook.

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