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The 2017 hurricane season begins June 1, and while forecasting agencies have predicted a slightly below-average level of hurricane activity this year, it only takes one storm to... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric received a wave of reports of telephone scam attempts on Friday, April 28. The cooperative once again reminds its residential and commercial members that it does not... Continue Reading ›

A forecast team from Colorado State University has predicted a slightly below-average level of activity in the Atlantic basin this hurricane season. Phil Klotzbach and Michael... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric Cooperative’s members re-elected three members to the board of trustees during the co-op’s 79th annual meeting on March 30, 2017 at the cooperative’s central office... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric’s 79th Annual Meeting is Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 in Keystone Heights. Members will find it to be an activity-filled day. There will be health screenings, a... Continue Reading ›

The Central Florida Community Action Agency will be at the Salt Springs District office on Monday, March 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help members who are Marion County residents... Continue Reading ›

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What are the reasons for tree pruning and clearing?

The two most important reasons for tree pruning and keeping clear rights-of-way are member safety and service reliability. Trees must be pruned to prevent contact between power lines and tree limbs to reduce the constant threat of causing tree related power outages. “Climbable” trees near power lines are a safety hazard and must also be removed or pruned on a regular basis to prevent children from climbing the trees and coming in contact with the conductors. Limbs over hanging power lines must be pruned because of the threat of falling on the power lines during inclement weather and cause extensive outages and damage. Trees that grow too close to power lines can sway during inclement weather, such as thunder storms or high winds and touch the power lines. This gives electricity a path to the ground (which it is always seeking) causing a potentially serious fire and safety hazard along with power outages.