What Our New Summer Time of Use Rate Means for You
Beginning in June, you will transition to our new summer Time of Use rate, and we want you to be prepared. To help you understand what this means for you, we've created a new, personalized bill impact tool based on your summer 2018 electric use. This tool is available online and will help you see how small changes in your routine can make a big impact on your bill.
Our new summer Time of Use rate is part of a statewide effort to reduce energy use when demand is highest – on summer weekdays between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. With this new rate, when you use energy is just as important as how much you use. By shifting your energy use outside the hours of peak demand you could lower your bill.
Making smart choices about what to plant and where to plant it can go a long way toward making your property a safer place. For instance, no trees should be planted near high-voltage transmission lines. If you choose the right tree, however, it is safe to plant under or near distribution lines.
Choose the Right Tree
If you plant under or near power lines, make sure you choose a tree variety that won’t interfere with them, even when full-grown.
Good trees to plant:
Trident, Amur, Paperback or Tartarian Maple
Laburnum or Golden Chain Tree
Japanese Lilac Tree
Trees to avoid:
Silver, Sugar or Norway (including Crimson King) Maple
Honey locust, Elms, Horse chestnut and similar landscape trees
Oaks, Hickories, Walnut and similar forest/timber type trees
Willow and poplar species such as weeping willow, cottonwood or hybrid poplar
Most pines, spruces, and firs
Any other trees that grow quickly or have a mature height that may interfere with power lines
These trees grow too tall and would probably interfere with power lines.
If you see a downed power line or tree/limb on a wire, stay away and call us immediately.
Call 9-1-1 and 800-477-5050