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Electricity pylons and power lines

Plants can cause a lot of problems when they're left to grow unchecked. This is especially true of plants that lie close to power lines.

Utility vegetation management is an incredibly important consideration for DNOs (Distribution Network Operators). If vegetation is permitted to encroach on power lines, the results can be truly disastrous.

 

Fire hazards

Poor vegetation management can result in fires when greenery gets too close to power lines. The state of California, well known for its destructive wildfires, serves as a grim example of the risks: according to Elizaveta Malashenko of the California Public Utilities Commission, utility ignitions are to blame for around 10% of all California wildfires.

In October 2017 alone, utility electric power equipment was the cause of 12 wildfires in northern California. This clearly illustrates the need for effective vegetation management plans.

 

Storms and blackouts

But you don't have to look across the Atlantic to see the importance of vegetation management.

In October 2002, England and Wales were hit by storms and wind speeds approaching 100mph. Approximately 2 million consumers were without electricity for some time afterwards - outages lasted up to 10 days in some areas.

A subsequent report highlighted that some companies had not done everything they could to mitigate the risk of faults caused by vegetation.

Plants encroaching on power lines aren't just unsightly - they can be dangerous. As the above examples show, utility vegetation management is a critical task that's not to be neglected!

Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer an expert vegetation management service for a wide variety of commercial clients. Give us a call on 029 2039 7554 to discuss your requirements.

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