Tree & Vegetation Management
The first thing you, as a member, should know about MTEMC's tree pruning program is that we have trained specialists in place to address any tree pruning issue that you may have. Call (877) 414-7685.
Did you know?...
Trees cause 80 percent of power outages.
Your tree could knock out power to hundreds of your fellow members.
MTEMC has a legal and moral responsibility to keep power on for all members and to keep lines clear of trees for safety's sake and reliability.
MTEMC's tree pruning methods are approved by arborists.
MTEMC is willing to replace trees in members' yards if the trees are too near power lines.
MTEMC has a designated phone number for your tree issues - (877) 414-7685.
What our Tree Crews Do
Middle Tennessee Electric's tree pruning crews are in your neighborhood once every two years to maintain our power lines and more often to maintain fast-growing trees. National Electric Safety Code (NESC) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations require electric utilities to clear vegetation from power lines as a safety measure for our crews and our members. We maintain a right of way extending 20 feet on both sides of the power lines. We do not, however, clean up debris caused by storms. Our tree pruning maintenance crews are supervised by certified arboriculturists who follow the guidelines of urban foresters and experts from the National Arborist Association and the International Society of Arboriculture. Their work may include:
Tree & Vegetation Management FAQ
Does MTEMC prune around electrical service lines that run from the main power line to the home?
Yes, MTEMC prunes a five-foot radius around services (from the MTEMC power line to the home) during our regular six-year pruning cycle only. MTEMC does not prune services at any other time.
Does MTEMC clean up trees after a storm?
No, MTEMC prunes trees to prevent electric outages on our system. Therefore, MTEMC wants to remove that tree before it causes an outage, not after. The tree still belongs to the member. In this case, our immediate priority is to restore power to our members.
How will members be notified that MTEMC will be pruning trees?
Work planners go into the neighborhood to meet personally with members to discuss the work. These work planners are specially trained individuals, many of them certified arborists. They have flexible schedules to maximize their ability to meet with members. If a work planner is unable to contact a homeowner, a door hanger is left that explains the pruning that must be done. A telephone number is listed on the door hanger should the member have questions or concerns or call 1-877-414-7685.
Can MTEMC legally prune trees?
Yes, MTEMC has the right and the obligation to its members to maintain any and all vegetation within its right of way. The court and legal system strongly support utilities right to trim and remove trees and or brush within and outside of the right of way.
How should trees be pruned?
Pruning should be done using the lateral pruning method, which was developed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and approved by the National Arborist Association, and the National Arbor Day Foundation. Lateral pruning leaves the overall structure of the tree stronger and more resistant to high winds and heavy ice. Future growth is directed away from power lines. Topping trees (also known as rounding over or shaping) is NOT endorsed by ISA because it leaves trees susceptible to disease and insect infestation.
Does MTEMC prune around un-energized structures?
Yes, if vegetation around un-energized structures such as poles, guys, span guys, etc., creates a safety or reliability risk, MTEMC may remove it.
Vegetation Management Specialists and Certified Arborists
If you have questions about tree pruning or tree replacement, MTEMC has trained people in place to help you. They are certified arborists whom we call Vegetation Management Specialists. They are familiar with a wide variety of tree species and proper tree pruning practices, and they coordinate our actual tree pruning efforts performed by the contractors we hire throughout our service area. But most importantly, they're here to serve you.
For any information about MTEMC's tree pruning program, call (877) 414-7685 or e-mail VegetationManagement@mtemc.com.
A replacement tree may be provided free of charge on qualifying yard trees which are removed to improve the safety and reliability of Middle Tennessee Electric’s power system. If a replacement is granted, Middle Tennessee Electric recommends the following trees for replacement of such removals. They are all proven performers for our area, and when properly planted, they will not interfere with the power lines. Other trees may also be appropriate replacement trees. Call a Middle Tennessee Electric vegetation management specialist at your local area office for more information or for planting advice
Trees Help Conserve Energy
Planting the right trees in the right places conserves energy and reduces your energy bills while helping to fight climate change. See how properly placed trees save energy by providing summer shade, winter warmth, and winter windbreaks.