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PSE&G's Distribution Network
Many communities in New Jersey have lower-voltage utility wires called distribution lines. They are often seen on utility poles and located alongside roadways or in easements along property lines. These distribution lines are critical to a utility's ability to deliver power.
Trees that are close to power lines must be cut back to ensure they don't cause power outages, and PSE&G does much of that work proactively. That is part of the reason why PSE&G has been named the most reliable electric utility in the nation five out of the last eight years, and the most reliable in the region every year for more than a decade.
PSE&G works on a four-year maintenance cycle, during which time trees are either trimmed or removed in order to maintain an adequate distance from power lines and to allow for regrowth until the next cycle.
We have arborists and NJ-certified tree experts on staff overseeing the work. There are many factors that determine how we cut trees, including the species, its characteristic shape and growth habit, the voltage of nearby conductors, and the type of construction in the vicinity.
- Want to see if we have planned maintenance work in your town? Check out the schedule for the remainder of 2013. Please note that most tree trimming is planned, proactive work that ensures the reliability of our system. It is possible you may see work that hasn't been announced. This is due to an imminent issue and it is not considered planned maintenance.
- Have questions? PSE&G's distribution network is divided into four divisions: Palisades, Metro, Central, and Southern. Each division is headed by a forester who supervises vegetative maintenance. Find your town in one of these charts, and then click on the appropriate place on the map to reveal contact information for the forester that serves your area. All other requests (power outages, meter reading, bill inquiries, etc.) should be directed to PSE&G's Customer Service Center at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
- How and why do we prune trees? There must be sufficient clearance between trees and power lines.
In order to prevent outages, our contractors use directional pruning to train tree branches to grow away from energized conductors. Directional pruning allows for proper healing of pruning cuts without depleting the tree's natural nutritional reserves.
After trimming, trees may look similar to the images below. However, this is only a representation of how the majority of trees are trimmed. Final decisions on pruning cuts are made based on the tree species, its characteristic shape and growth habit, voltage of the conductors, and the type of nearby equipment.
Points to Remember:
- Never attempt to trim or remove any tree next to a power line.
- Never build tree houses in trees near power lines.
- Never climb trees near power lines.
- State and federal laws prohibit any person from working within 10 feet of any electric power facility without proper training and certification.
Find your town and the PSE&G Division it's associated with, and then click through on the appropriate area on the map. You'll find contact information for a local forester that can help answer questions.
|Bergenfield||Hackensack||New Milford||Saddle River|
|Carlstadt||Hasbrouck Heights||North Bergen||South Hackensack|
|Cliffside Park||Haworth||Old Tappan||Teaneck|
|East Newark||Hohokus||Paramus||Union City|
|East Rutherford||Jersey City||Park Ridge||Waldwick|
|Englewood||Little Ferry||Ridgewood||West New York|
|Englewood Cliffs||Lodi||River Edge||Westwood|
|Fairview||Lyndhurst||River Vale||Woodcliff Lake|
|Fort Lee||Maywood||Rochelle Park||Wood Ridge|
|Glen Rock||Midland Park||Rutherford||Wyckoff|
|Bloomfield||Glen Ridge||North Caldwell||Verona|
|East Orange||Lincoln Park||Passaic||West Orange|
|Elmwood Park||Little Falls||Paterson||West Paterson|
|Essex Falls||Livingston||Prospect Park|
|Fair Lawn||Montclair||South Orange|
|Bound Brook||Green Brook||Mountainside||South Bound Brook|
|Branchburg||Highland Park||New Brunswick||South Brunswick|
|Bridgewater||Hillsborough||North Brunswick||South Plainfield|
|Carteret||Hillside||North Plainfield||South River|
|Audubon Park||Fieldsborough||Medford Twp||South Brunswick|
|Beverly||Gloucester City||Mount Ephraim||Springfield|
|Bordentown||Gloucester Twp||Mount Holly||Travistock|
|Brooklawn||Haddon Twp||Mount Laurel||Trenton|
|Burlington City||Haddonfield||Montgomery||Upper Freehold|
|Burlington Twp||Haddon Heights||National Park||Voorhees|
|Cherry Hill||Hamilton||North Hanover||Westampton|
|Collingswood||Hopewell Borough||Pemberton||West Windsor|
|Deptford||Lower Alloways Creek||Princeton||Woodbury Heights|
|East Amwell||Lumberton||Princeton Borough||Woodlynne|
|East Windsor||Mansfield||Rocky Hill|
PSE&G Transmission Rights-of-Way Policy
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