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Tree trimming (also known as vegetation management) is a statewide issue involving safety, reliability, and aesthetics. We understand that you may have questions about your rights and responsibilities. To help guide the conversation about this important issue, we've highlighted the requirements on this webpage that set standards for how investor-owned utilities may conduct their tree-trimming practices.
The Order in Cause Number 43663 took effect on November 30, 2010. The Order on Reconsideration, further clarifying the Order, took effect on July 7, 2011. These Orders provide the standards by which all jurisdictional utilities must trim trees.
The IURC also worked with stakeholders, including the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and the public, to craft an administrative rule to further define trimming requirements for investor-owned utilities. This rule was approved on September 28, 2012 and filed with the Legislative Services Agency for publication. It will become effective 30 days from its filing date.
The IURC's rules and regulations only apply to investor-owned electric utilities (i.e., Duke Energy, Indiana Michigan Power, Indianapolis Power and Light, Northern Indiana Public Service Company, and Vectren). Prior to the IURC's investigation and subsequent rulemaking process, there were inconsistent practices among the utilities. After holding numerous public field hearings and reviewing testimony provided by the utilities and the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the IURC determined that rules and regulations were needed to ensure adequate notice and consistent procedures.
Each utility has information specific to tree trimming on its website. Here you can find helpful information about planting the right tree in the right place. After all, prevention is key. To access your investor-owned utility's webpage on tree trimming, please select from the following list.