City of Berwyn issued the following announcement on Sept. 10.
ComEd intends to perform vegetation management activities on distribution circuits in your area
within the next few months. The vegetation management activities are a key component of
ComEd’s maintenance program to ensure system electrical reliability, as vegetation contact with
ComEd equipment is a leading cause of outages.
In accordance with applicable statutory requirements, ComEd is required to provide each affected
municipality a map (see attached) or common addresses of the area affected by the vegetation
Please be aware that ComEd has notified any affected customers and property owners with (i) a
statement of the vegetation management activities planned, (ii) the address of a website and a toll
free telephone number at which a written disclosure of all dispute resolution opportunities and
processes, rights, and remedies provided by the electric public utility may be obtained, (iii) a
statement that the customer and the property owner may appeal the planned vegetation management
activities through the electric public utility and the Illinois Commerce Commission, (iv) a toll-free
telephone number through which communication may be had with a representative of the electric
public utility regarding the vegetation management activities, and (v) the telephone number of the
Consumer Affairs Officer of the Illinois Commerce Commission. The notice also stated that circuit
maps or common addresses of the area to be affected by the vegetation management activities are
on file with the local municipal or county office.
We recognize that our vegetation management activities sometimes create concern by your
residents because trees near our electrical wires are significantly trimmed or sometimes require
removal. Qualified line-clearance workers contracted by ComEd will be performing the tree
pruning work. Supervisors and General Foremen will be in close contact with the crews, ensuring
that the work is performed properly. Additionally, we are strong advocates of proactive efforts to
ensure that only appropriate vegetation is planted near our facilities, and our easement and leases
usually specify vegetation restrictions. Trees that grow greater than 20 feet, for example maple,
elm, and blue spruce, should never be planted under or near distribution power lines. At full height,
these trees could contact lines and cause a power outage or create a safety issue. On the other hand,
trees and bushes that grow to heights less than 20 feet, for example dogwoods or crabapples, can
often be planted near distribution power lines.
For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s “Right Tree,
Right Place” program, please visit: http://www.ComEd.com/Trees
Original source can be found here.