Press release submitted by Alliant Energy|
Tree trimming is a proactive effort to maintain safe and reliable electric service
CLINTON, Iowa – The Alliant Energy Tree Trimming Team is constantly working to keep trees away from power lines, and soon, the team is coming to Scott County. During storms or high winds, trees often contact power lines and can cause an outage. Our crews are specially trained to work near power lines and encourage growth positive tree growth, away from power lines.
Trimming work will take place in parts of Bennett, New Liberty, Dixon, Big Rock, and Plainview beginning as soon as December 3. Crews focus on specific trees that are interfering with power lines, or will soon grow into power lines without proper maintenance.
Alliant Energy does not perform heavy tree trimming near secondary wire or service wire. Secondary wire commonly runs underneath a transformer or appears tightly twisted. Service wire runs from the pole directly to a home. To allow safe trimming of these lines by the property owner, Alliant Energy will disconnect the wires free of charge. Advance notice of 72 hours or more is needed for disconnection.
"The work we do to trim trees helps maintain our safe and reliable electric service," said Dan Green, manager of line clearance for Alliant Energy.
Affected customers will be individually notified. Alliant Energy crews use current practices endorsed by the American National Standards Institute and the International Society of Arboriculture to protect power lines and preserve the health of trees.
· Tree trimmers plan for weather conditions and consider how winds could cause the tree to make contact with the wires. Crews also consider if movement in the wires, such as sagging due to high temperatures or the weight of ice, could cause the wires to contact a tree.
· Crews consider the impact trimming will have on the overall health and stability of the tree.
Alliant Energy expects to trim trees every 3 to 4 years, and property owners can expect:
· Crews to chip and haul away brush and small branches
· Removal of dead trees, dying trees, trees with badly split trunk or limb, trees that lean dangerously close to wires, trees that are fast-growing, trees that are weak-wooded
· To be contacted in person from Alliant Energy if a tree must be removed
Tree trimming is unlikely to cause interruptions in electric service. Customers with questions or concerns can contact Alliant Energy at 1-800-ALLIANT, visit alliantenergy.com/treetrimming, or e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alliant Energy crews will remove debris caused by routine trimming. Alliant Energy crews do not remove debris caused by storm restoration work.
Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, provides electric service to 525,000 customers and natural gas service to 233,000 customers in more than 700 communities throughout Iowa and southern Minnesota. IPL is committed to providing the energy and exceptional service its customers and communities expect – safely, reliably, and affordably. IPL is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation. Visit alliantenergy.com or call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268).
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