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The Clay Electric Foundation board has approved seven organizations to be the first recipients of grant funding from the Operation Round Up program. Operation Round Up is a... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric’s annual vehicle and equipment auction is going on now through Nov. 14. More than 50 vehicles, pieces of equipment and other items are up for auction. Photos and... Continue Reading ›

Consumers for Smart Solar—a diverse, bipartisan coalition of business, civic and faith leaders—today announced that the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association (FECA) has... Continue Reading ›

Governor Rick Scott stopped by Clay Electric Cooperative’s central office Thursday morning to congratulate the employees on their efforts to restore service to members following... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric will conclude its restoration efforts this evening by 10 p.m., having restored power to more than 73,000 members in a three-day period beginning at 6 a.m. on... Continue Reading ›

Update: At 1:30 p.m., Clay Electric has 994 accounts without power, which means personnel have restored more than 72,000 accounts. At 8:30 a.m.: Clay Electric... Continue Reading ›

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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. Limbs over hanging power lines must be pruned because of the threat of falling on the power lines during inclement weather and cause extensive outages and damage. Trees that grow too close to power lines can sway during inclement weather, such as thunder storms or high winds and touch the power lines. This gives electricity a path to the ground (which it is always seeking) causing a potentially serious fire and safety hazard along with power outages.