Questions About Trees and Power Lines
Call our 24-hour customer service at 1-800-PGE-5000 if you feel a tree near you needs pruning. PG&E prunes trees surrounding high-voltage power lines. We do not prune trees to maintain phone, cable or service drops.
Please have your PG&E account number and phone number associated with your account available.
Why Tree Pruning is Important
Trees growing near power lines can be a dangerous combination.
- Tree pruning keeps people at a safe distance from power lines while climbing or working where contact with high voltage wires may harm them.
- Tree pruning reduces the possibility of a tree coming in contact with a high voltage power line, resulting in sparks and fires.
- Tree pruning helps prevent power outages during storms, which often cause trees and branches to fall into power lines.
A Responsible Approach
Our Vegetation Management Department spends $168 million dollars each year to establish a planned and consistent pruning cycle. We have an annual inspection cycle to identify hazardous trees and those in need of pruning. To improve efficiency, we inspect entire lengths of line at one time, rather than moving from location to location. By achieving greater clearances at the time of prune, we reduce the number of prunings and the structural stresses imposed on the tree. PG&E uses separate contractors for inspection and pruning as a way to check and balance our work and promote competitive costs.
Know your Utility Lines
Pacific Gas and Electric prunes trees surrounding high-voltage power lines. We do not prune trees to maintain Phone, Cable or Service Drops.