Our Vegetation Programmes
Proactive management – clearing trees around your power lines
To keep your power on, we need to keep the trees out.
We’ve been working on our inspection methods, so we can get quality data on our assets and the growth of trees and plants around them. This helps us make decisions on how we best manage vegetation and maintain and fix our overhead lines.
It’s an important focus for us because it has a big impact on you. Trees and maintenance affect how many power outages you have in the short-term, and the overall reliability of the network in the long-term.
Let’s look at how we are tracking.
Clearing trees from around your power lines
We love trees, but not in or near our power lines. They are a hazard and cause outages for you that we want to avoid. Many serious outages in storms are caused by trees or branches being blown onto lines, often from moderate distances. Proactive management is important.
We are finding ways to get on top of this issue, and we’ve moved from a reactive to a managed cyclical approach across our network. Using years of data, including historical tree cutting information and network reliability statistics, we can see where changes need to be made.
We’ve determined that by shifting the cycles of tree and vegetation cutting in certain parts of our network, we can get better outcomes for you, our customers.