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Tree Trimming

Why We Trim          How We Trim            When We Trim

Why We Trim


  • Trees that are too close to power lines can interfere with electric service, especially when weather brings lightning or high winds. For reliability and compliance with the National Electric Safety Code, we prune or remove trees that threaten electric service.

  • Pruning helps prevent power outages. Since trees are a leading cause of electric outages, one of the best ways to reduce interruptions for customers is to maintain adequate clearance (fifteen feet minimum) between trees and power lines by pruning on a regular basis. Pruning helps to ensure that your power stays on during gusty winds and thunderstorms.

  • Well-maintained rights of way allow easier access for personnel and vehicles during storm restoration. By maintaining this access to our facilities, we can get all customers' power restored more efficiently and safely.

  • Trees that are properly pruned to ANSI A300 standards are much more likely to maintain a healthy structure and appearance. DCREMC specifications call for our contractors to trim to these standards.


  • DCREMC is committed to maintaining our facilities in a manner that helps promote the safety of employees, the community, and our members. For this reason, DCREMC does not encourage customers or untrained contractors to prune trees near power lines. DCREMC utilizes only qualified line-clearance contractors who have been specially trained to work safely around our facilities. For your safety and the safety of others, please contact DCREMC before working near or trimming any branches in the vicinity of power lines.

  • If you are planning to remove or trim a tree near our power lines or if a tree leans excessively toward our lines, please see the Tree Trimming section.


  • Proper utility pruning reduces hazards resulting from falling trees and limbs, which can cause wires to break or sag to the ground and present a danger to motorists and pedestrians.

  • Overgrown trees or limbs near power lines pose a danger to unsuspecting children who could come in contact with a live line while climbing a tree.

  • Directional pruning allows us to train the tree to grow away from power lines by removing only the branches that come in contact with the wires. By selectively trimming the tree's branches, we can retain much of the tree's natural crown.

Engineering Services

Standard Operating Procedure

Procedure Name: Safety Committee Process
Procedure Number: ES-001.1
Owner: Shawn Matthews
Effective Date: August 21, 2018

  • To assure Cooperative members that unnecessary costs are not incurred because of damage or power losses due to poor right-of-way.


Why We Trim          How We Trim            When We Trim


  Contact Us:

Phone: (812) 663-3391
or 800-844-7362
(812) 663-8572

P.O. Box 46
1430 W. Main St.
Greensburg, IN 47240






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