Vegetation management can be challenging, but it is essential to meeting our commitment to provide safe and reliable electric service. We realize how important trees are to the beauty and environmental health of our area. We work hard to maintain a balance between aesthetics and maintaining electric reliability.
The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Pepco as a utility that demonstrates practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests.
Maryland and the District of Columbia Public Service Commissions require that Pepco deliver safe and reliable electric service. That means we must keep trees pruned a safe distance from power lines because many power outages are caused when tree branches fall onto power lines.
Our tree management program includes routine pruning, storm hardening, maintenance and rights-of-way work. The work Pepco's licensed, professional foresters and contract tree pruning experts do is for public safety and the safety and health of the trees.