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Spring cleaning delivers safe, reliable power By Austin Partida


Spring gives us a chance to thaw out after a chilly win- ter. I take advantage of longer daylight hours by doing a little spring cleaning and yard work. But the seasonal shift isn’t all good news. The rapid change from harsh, cold air to warmer temperatures can trigger se- vere weather. To protect our lines and keep power flow- ing safely to your home, Kay Electric Cooperative maintains our rights-of-way. Think of it as spring cleaning for power lines. Right-of-way (ROW) mainte- nance keeps tree limbs and other obstacles away from high-voltage power lines. It’s an important part of the service we provide to you, our members, for three reasons: safety, reli- ability, and cost.


Our primary concern is


the safety of our workers and members. Properly maintained ROW keeps our crews safe when they are restoring service and maintaining our system. Keeping trees clear of power lines also keeps your family safe. From making sure a child’s tree house doesn’t hit power lines to creating a safe environment while doing yard work, a well-maintained ROW helps avoid tragedy.


Power lines are a constant part of our landscape; it’s easy to forget they are around. We work hard to keep the area around our lines clear, but we need your help. Be alert this spring. Don’t plant trees or tall vegetation under power lines, and keep an eye out for power lines when working in your yard.


If severe spring weather blows through, a well-main- tained ROW leads to fewer outages and faster response time. Trees are less of a threat. When trees do fall, crews are able to restore service more quickly than they could with poorly maintained areas. As a not-for-profit company, KEC, strives to keep costs affordable for you, our mem- bers. Maintaining our ROW is an important part of controlling costs. Fewer and shorter out- ages save money for everyone. When crews work in well-main- tained areas, we can reduces risks for employees and equip- ment too—another way to keep costs low. Safety, reliability, and cost: this is why we believe in ROW ‘spring cleaning.’ If we compro- mise on one of these areas, it impacts the others.


At KEC, we aren’t willing to compromise. Maintaining our ROW is a priority for your safety, comfort and power reli- ability.


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KEC’s ROW Crew - L-R: Dustin Kincaid, Heath Lambert, Obbie Jack- son, Matt McConnell, Paul Epperly and Miguel Mirelez.


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