Powerline Clearing Canberra
Our arborists are certified by EVO Energy and trained by an independent Registered Training Authority (RTO) in Vegetation Management. EVO energy-accredited tree surgeons are trained to follow safe work practices when pruning trees in an electrical environment. Regular refresher training is a requirement to maintain our certification and to continue to operate at the highest standard in vegetation management around the EVO Energy electrical network in Canberra.
Trees and shrubs on your property need to be kept clear of low voltage power lines by 1.5 metres and >2 metres from high voltage lines. House power lines require a minimum clearance from trees of 1 metre.
Sometimes clearing a tree to these distances cannot be achieved as it may adversely affect the health and form of a tree and in extreme cases may increase the likelihood of branch breakage and even total tree failure. Our quoting arborists respect trees and have the experience and knowledge to ensure no unnecessary pruning is undertaken. Pruning trees from power lines needs to be done in a way that does not encourage regrowth unnecessarily while correct and clean pruning wounds assist in tree recovery and limit the risk of infection by pathogens such as decay fungi.
Before pruning near live high voltage power lines we submit a ‘System Switching Request (SSR)’ to EVO Energy notifying them of the time and location we will perform the work. We ask for the system to be switched to ‘One Shot’ meaning that if the High Voltage lines short out from a branch, plant or machinery contacting them, they will not re energise.
This diagram from the EVO Energy brochure for clearing trees from power lines is an example for low voltage minimum clearances