You depend on us to deliver your power reliably. And we take your trust seriously.
We are constantly working to improve the reliability of your power by minimizing the number and length of outages, and the number of customers affected by each outage.
Of course, outages occur for a variety of reasons, including lightning, ice storms and animals. But trees and brush are the number one cause of all power outages! Just one tree limb can knock out your power and the power to hundreds of neighbors and business. In fact, a single tree initiated a power outage in 2003 for over 50 million Americans and Canadians from the Midwest to the East Coast.
That's why we have a comprehensive program (sometimes referred to as “Vegetation Management”) to manage trees and brush that grow around power lines – and it’s proven to be effective at improving the reliability of our power service to you. Since 2021, our efforts have reduced tree-related outages by 19%.
At least every four years in Indiana and every five years in Michigan, you may see our crews in your neighborhood assessing the trees around our power lines and equipment, trimming or removing any threats. We use our expertise to spot and remove threatening limbs, keeping the safety of our crews, communities and infrastructure in mind. It’s all about keeping the power on.
We’ve branched out to help support the animals at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend. Through our Branch to Browse partnership, some of the trees and branches our forestry crews regularly trim are donated and delivered to the zoos. While our crews are out and about, they are also on the lookout for hollow logs and perching material for zoo animals.
We hate power outages, but we do love trees! In fact, this past Arbor Day on April 29, we partnered with the City of South Bend and the Venues, Parks & Arts Forestry Division to host a fee tree giveaway. We'll be doing it again at Howard Park in South Bend on Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 - 11:30 am. Learn more about it here.
For more information on our forestry efforts, Branch to Browse, tips to use when planning trees, or to report a tree problem, visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/Forestry.