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Detroit Edison announces tree trimming schedule

Line clearance program improves electric service reliability

DETROIT – To improve electrical service reliability and safety for customers, Detroit Edison tree trimming crews will be working in several local communities over the next two months.

During severe weather, fallen limbs and tree branches create about two-thirds of power outages.

“By trimming to a 10-foot distance between tree branches and our power lines, we can significantly reduce tree-related power outages,” said Vince Dow, DTE Energy vice president of Distribution Operations. Detroit Edison is a unit of DTE Energy.

For the past 15 years, the company has received the National Tree Line USA Award for quality tree care. Tree trim crews follow International Society of Arboriculture standards to maintain the health of trees.

“Our goal is to keep customers’ trees alive, healthy and out of harm’s way,” explained Dow. “The pruning method we use removes only the branches located too close to power lines and helps ensure that future growth is directed away from power lines.”

After we trim, trees are less susceptible to disease and insect problems and because they’re stronger, they’re more resistant to high winds and heavy ice.

Once the tree trim work is completed, Detroit Edison removes small branches and debris from customer properties. Larger trimmed branches are cut to firewood length and left behind for customer use of disposal. Detroit Edison will not remove diseased tree debris.

Like most other utilities nationwide, Detroit Edison also does not remove debris caused by severe storms.

“When severe weather hits, our first priority is working quickly to remove downed wire hazards and restore power to customers,” Dow said.

In these emergency situations, crews will cut broken and uproot trees in order to reach locations that need repair. Customers are advised to contact their trash collectors or a professional tree removal company for advice on disposing of debris.

Customers are responsible for keeping tree branches away from their service drops, which are the lines that run from utility poles to their home. Although the voltage running through the service drop is much lower than pole-to-pole wires, DTE Energy recommends hiring a professional tree service to complete this trimming. Visit to find more information about line clearance and proper tree planting.



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DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, coal and gas midstream, unconventional gas production and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at and at

For more information, members of the media can contact:

Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, 313-235-3202

Len Singer, DTE Energy, 313-235-8809