When it comes to power outages, trees are without a doubt our biggest culprit. And while they make our province a beautiful place to live, they can interfere with power lines and cause outages. It’s why we have our vegetation management team—they control tree growth near power lines through tree trimming to prevent outages year-round. Last year, we invested about $20 million in planned and requested vegetation management, trimming trees along 756 km of power lines.
Because many municipalities value having roadside trees, we work with them to balance our right-of-way maintenance with their local priorities. In certain urban areas of Halifax, for example, the municipality conducts its own tree maintenance to ensure those local priorities are met.