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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who helps PSE&G with tree trimming and vegetation management?
PSE&G uses private contractors to implement its tree trimming and vegetation management work. In the past, ABC Professional Tree, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Davey Tree Expert Co., Lewis Tree Service, and Nelson Tree Service have worked for PSE&G. All of these companies are nationally recognized as professional utility line clearance contractors.

All trees and brush designated for trimming or removal is done in a professional manner and according to the latest industry standards. These include OSHA safety standards, ANSI pruning techniques, and others.

Our vegetation management personnel are knowledgeable about the latest technologies in utility arboriculture. Many hold certifications, such as the International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture Utility Specialist, and New Jersey Certified Tree Expert.

How does PSE&G notify customers about planned maintenance work?
We notify customers about planned maintenance work in their area through geo-targeted tweets and door hangers. The door hanger provides the name and contact information of the contractor performing the work. It also explains why PSE&G is doing the work and what it hopes to achieve.

How does PSE&G handle tree removal?
PSE&G often removes trees that are in close proximity to electrical wires. Once a tree crew supervisor performs the inspection, PSE&G can determine whether or not a tree should be removed.

If you'd like to remove a tree from your property that is close to our overhead lines, we can provide guidance on hiring a contractor. The contractor will then coordinate with our forestry department to provide an estimate of how long the work will take to complete. The customer/contractor will be charged an hourly fee for the assistance of our tree crews. Never attempt to remove any tree next to a power line. Call PSE&G's Customer Service Center at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) for assistance.

Do you remove vines and climbing plants?
PSE&G prohibits the planting of vines and climbing plants on or around our utility poles and transmission structures. These types of plants pose a threat to the safety of our employees and can become electrical conductors when wet. Vines also prevent us from identifying a pole location by number, which could lead to an outage.

If we observe vines growing on one of our structures, we will cut the vines at the source, and treat them with an approved herbicide to ensure they will not grow back.

Is tree trimming also required with service wires?
Service wires are low-voltage wires that range from 120 to 240 volts. These wires are typically attached to homes or businesses and are responsible for transporting power to these establishments. Service wires do not require the same clearance from trees as our distribution wires. While PSE&G's division foresters will follow up with each tree inquiry, trimming may not be necessary.

What are some helpful websites for additional information?

Forestry Professionals:

Board of Public Utilities:

Transmission System Safety /
PSE&G Transmission Rights-of-Way Policy

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