The vast majority of trees that CenterPoint Energy maintains near distribution lines in mostly residential areas are only trimmed. Trees growing under or near distribution lines and electrical equipment are typically trimmed to provide adequate clearance for sustained service reliability.
Trees affecting distribution lines may be removed when necessary to eliminate hazards to the lines, address imminent safety concerns or for other issues.
Much greater clearance from trees is needed for high-voltage transmission lines than for distribution lines. To ensure safety and reliability, tall-growing trees in the transmission rights-of-way will be removed.