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Federal Mandate to Require Tree Branches on New Power Line Poles

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

A new broad sweeping mandate approved by congress will require all new wood power line poles to have tree branches attached to them in order to be more environmentally friendly.

The joint program between the US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Energy aims to bring a more eco-friendly perspective on the thousands of new transmission and distribution lines planned in the coming years.

“This program will have a huge impact on climate resilience while supporting our nations electric grid” said Karen Greenhead, Director of Sustainable Transmission Expansion.

Effective July 2023, all new wooden power line poles will have locally sources branches nailed or screwed to the poles. The number of tree branches attached to each pole will vary based on the local availability and the surrounding tree density.

“I am a bit concerned about the labor required to put these practices into action but we will do our best to hire apprentices with green thumbs” said Frank Ligma, Director of Powerline Operations at WestGrid Power.

The federal mandate states that in climates where maple or pine branches may not do as well that the power line crews shall plant cacti or tulips around the base of the plants.

Happy April Fools Day from the Crew at Lineman Central. Thanks for keeping the lights on… even when no one notices.


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