ComEd Tree Trimming Announced

ComEd Tree Trimming to Begin in Arlington Heights
Posted on 12/02/2021

ComEd has announced that tree trimming will take place in Arlington Heights within the next few months. See map of affected areas.

This tree trimming is a key component of ComEd’s maintenance program to ensure system electrical reliability, as broken or overgrown tree branches are a leading cause of ComEd power outages. 

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.   

Tree trimming activities sometimes create concern because trees near electrical wires may be significantly trimmed or may 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. 

ComEd supports the Right Tree Right Place program, that promotes appropriate vegetation to be planted near their equipment. 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.