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The 2018 hurricane season begins June 1, and while forecasting agencies have predicted an above-average level of hurricane activity this year, it only takes one storm to cause... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric Cooperative continues to monitor the storms in the western Caribbean as they are becoming better defined and will likely become a subtropical or tropical depression... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric has recently seen a rise in reports of scam calls and misleading offers. The cooperative once again reminds its residential and commercial members that it does not... Continue Reading ›

On Apr. 9, 2018, Clay Electric honored the dedicated men who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on. The co-op proudly recognizes all electric linemen for... Continue Reading ›

A forecast team from Colorado State University has predicted a slightly above-average level of activity in the Atlantic basin this hurricane season. Phil Klotzbach and Michael... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric Cooperative’s members re-elected three members to the board of trustees during the co-op’s 80th annual meeting on March 29, 2018 at the cooperative’s central office... Continue Reading ›

Vegetation Management

What should I know about tree planting and power lines?

Clay Electric's Vegetation Management supports the philosophy of “The Right Tree in the Right Place” as a means of having a more attractive community to live in and a more dependable electrical system to serve its members. When you start landscaping around your home and in your yard, please look up before planting trees. Do not plant trees if power lines are overhead. If the power lines are overhead, please evaluate the species of trees you wish to plant outside of the power line right-of-way.

How does Clay Electric dispose of debris?

Vegetation Management’s Rights-of-Way Re-clearing Program: Branches and brush debris from the scheduled rights-of-way re-clearing maintenance activities in improved areas, such as, yards and lawns, will be chipped, cleaned up, and hauled away. The yards and lawn areas should be left as clean as they were before the work was performed. Large limbs and wood will be cut in firewood lengths and left on-site.

Does Clay Electric prune around service wires and outdoor lights?

Clay Electric’s vegetation maintenance crews will prune the limbs five feet around your service wire to your residence on our systematic reclearing schedule. We will prune limbs around your outdoor light service upon request while we are on our routine systematic re-clearing schedule in your area. Pruning limbs for outdoor light pattern is the responsibility of the member. The service wires will only be cleared of small branches not large limbs or trees over the service wires.

What is Clay Electric's system for tree removal?

Pre-cycle Maintenance Program Clay Electric inspects each circuit on a yearly cycle for hazardous trees and conditions.  Trees that are severely leaning, dead, decayed, or otherwise hazardous to the power lines are classified as "danger trees." Dead and danger trees are topped below the lines or cut down systematically on a scheduled cycle.  Trees that threaten to endanger the power lines are cut, or cut down to a height that will not threaten our power lines and left on the job site.

What are the clearance specifications for my trees?

In all situations, trees near primary lines should be pruned before they actually touch the power lines and enough clearance must be obtained so the trees do not grow back into the lines before the vegetation maintenance crews make the cycle and prune them again.   The exact amount of clearance obtained at any given site varies considerably and is dependent on the voltage and construction of the power line, the sagging of the conductors at elevated temperatures, the combined movement of the power lines and trees during adverse weather conditions, the normal re-growth of the species of trees

What are the reasons for tree pruning and clearing?

The two most important reasons for tree pruning and keeping clear rights-of-way are member safety and service reliability. Trees must be pruned to prevent contact between power lines and tree limbs to reduce the constant threat of causing tree related power outages. “Climbable” trees near power lines are a safety hazard and must also be removed or pruned on a regular basis to prevent children from climbing the trees and coming in contact with the conductors.