Trees are a valuable asset in commercial, private and public landscapes. They add beauty, help the environment and add value to the property. However, these same trees can be a major challenge for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Trees are one of the major causes of power outages in areas with overhead utility lines. When trees contact live wires they may become conductors of electricity, causing power outages or creating dangerous situations for anyone coming in contact with the trees.
REC works hard maintaining its rights of way near overhead lines to provide safe and reliable electrical service. Although REC would prefer that no trees are planted within our rights of way with overhead lines, or within ten feet of our underground transformers, you can help by using these guidelines when planting trees near overhead lines. Before you plant, call Miss Utility at least three days in advance (not counting weekends and holidays) to have your underground utilities marked. They can be reached by simply dialing 8-1-1.