KCP&L is committed to providing safe, reliable electric service, and managing the trees and vegetation under and near power lines is a critical factor in delivering that service.
To comply with new regulations from the North American Electric Reliability Council to ensure safe and reliable service, KCP&L is increasing its vegetation management efforts by removing vegetation growing under or near our transmission lines that threatens to disrupt service.
Transmission lines carry extra high voltage from power plants to KCP&L substations. They are larger than the distribution lines you see along the streets in residential neighborhoods that carry lower voltages from substations to individual meters.
Vegetation growing around a transmission line does not have to come in contact with the line to cause a safety or reliability issue. As electric demand increases, transmission lines will heat up and begin to sag, bringing them closer to any trees below. In the past KCP&L may have trimmed trees that the new regulations now require to be removed.
KCP&Lís increased vegetation management efforts involve removing vegetation that has the potential to exceed the following heights at maturity:
KCP&L will make every effort to contact affected landowners and residents before beginning our vegetation management projects.
We are committed to improving the communities we serve and support tree planting. Information on appropriate tree selection and planting is available in our "The Right Tree in the Right Place" brochure, or call us to request a copy.
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