Right Of Way Maintenance Means Fewer Power Outages

PC Electric has no control over severe weather that can cause power outages, but the co-op can reduce the frequency and duration of outages through a vigilant right of way maintenance program.

Tree trimming and all phases of right-of-way maintenance are essential to ensuring reliable electric service. This is particularly true in rural areas where so many miles of power lines are exposed. A major portion of all electric blinks occur when a limb comes in contact with power lines or equipment causing a momentary short circuit. If the limb is not cleared from the line promptly, a complete loss of power can result.

Right-of-way maintenance is so important to an electric system’s reliability that PC Electric spends almost $849,000 annually to maintain its 1,098 miles of line. It takes 3-4 years for the cooperative to trim all the trees in its service territory just once. It takes 12 months to apply herbicides and mow all of the right-of way.

“Reliable electric service is our number one priority,” said Myron A. Lambert, General Manager, “and our right-of-way maintenance program is vital in helping us meet the commitment to our members.” Members are encouraged to cooperate with right-of-way maintenance crews in order to insure reliable and safe service.

PC Electric is an electric cooperative serving areas of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes. The cooperative currently has storm preparedness brochures, hurricane tracking charts and guidelines on how to operate a portable generator safely are available at its office.  We are located at 2506 False River Drive in New Roads. Please stop by Monday-Thursday between 8:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to pick up these helpful brochures.

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