When power is out, minutes count
When a transmission line is damaged, repair crews need to get to the site quickly, without waiting for heavy equipment to cut through obstructing thickets of trees or woody shrubs. That means no woody plants in the transmission right of way that could impede access to the lines and delay restoration.
Just think about it. If the power is out at your child’s school or your business, wouldn’t you like to know TVA won’t have to spend hours bulldozing its way to the affected site before power restoration can even begin?
If you’ve got a freezer full of food that is beginning to thaw out, wouldn’t you like to know that TVA can get right in and go to work quickly before your food goes bad?
Controlling trees, shrubs and other plants in the right of way isn't just about reducing outages and improving safety.
It's also about speeding up repairs when a tornado tears down a tower or an ice storm brings down a line.
Speeding up emergency response is why authorities keep fire lanes clear around buildings.
Getting your power back on quickly is one reason why we must keep rights of way around our transmission lines free of obstructing vegetation.
More about how TVA manages vegetation for safe, reliable power