Trees and outages
Trees have immense value in urban settings, connecting us to the natural world in ways few other things can.
At PGE we understand this value and strive to balance the many benefits of trees with the reliability of our system and the safety of our community.
Let’s work together
We run a tree maintenance program, surveying every tree in our power line rights of way at least every 2 to 3 years. But tree-related outages still happen. About 90 percent are caused by wind carrying branches onto lines from trees growing outside the right of way — such as in a front yard.
In addition, with hotter summer temperatures and periods of drought, overgrown trees and vegetation pose a fire risk near power lines and other electrical equipment.
Learn how our tree crews help prevent outages.
Right tree, right place
You, too, can help prevent tree-related outages and reduce fire risk by following the “right tree, right place” guidelines when selecting and planting trees, and by properly caring for your trees.
We offer guidance on:
- Planting the right tree in the right place
- What to consider when choosing trees
- Selecting a tree
- Planting a tree
- Inspecting a tree
- Pruning trees
We also offer free wood chips in areas where we are actively working.
In addition, we also support Friends of Trees to help our community enjoy the benefits of trees.