Payments made between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, may be delayed in posting to your account due to system maintenance. Thank you for your patience during this temporary inconvenience.
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LCEC, and most utilities, follow the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) directional pruning guidelines. These standards are industry practice and endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture.
Fast-growing trees and specific species of palms are difficult to manage between pruning cycles. If this type of vegetation is growing in a location that could potentially interfere with LCEC’s primary lines, its removal is the best solution. Please contact LCEC to inquire if any tree on your property may qualify for a free removal by LCEC.
LCEC has every legal right to maintain its facilities and is required to do so by the Florida Public Services Commission. LCEC only contracts reputable line clearance contractors to perform within its vegetation management program. Customers may ask our contractors for identification or contact LCEC to verify a tree worker is on their property at the request of LCEC.
Per OSHA and ANSI Standards, only line clearance qualified arborists may work within ten feet of electric lines. Very few private tree companies have the knowledge, training, and equipment to be considered line clearance qualified. Please contact LCEC for a free site visit and consultation for any private tree work within ten feet of electric distribution lines. We may perform the work at no cost to you, or provide safe clearance for you or your contractor.
LCEC maintains vegetation in its easements and right of ways on a regular maintenance cycle and through our robust off-cycle maintenance program. LCEC obtains clearances that allow for safe restoration and maintenance of our facilities. When pruning trees away from electric lines, LCEC must obtain a reasonable amount of clearance that allows for growth of the trees between cycles.
Many palm species grow large enough to negatively impact utility facilities. Even palms not immediately adjacent to facilities may pose a threat because of their height and large fronds. Palms cannot be reduced in height or directionally pruned like other trees. The best solution for palms interfering with utility facilities is removal.
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