Trees and Power Lines

Never attempt to trim a tree close to or touching a power line. Only specially-trained line-clearing professionals should work around power lines. Locate a contractor qualified to trim vegetation around power lines. Before work begins, be sure to verify that the contractor is licensed and insured, and complies with all applicable laws, codes, ordinances and/or permits.

We routinely inspect trees that interfere with power lines and trim them on a planned schedule. If we need to trim a tree in your yard, we'll attempt to contact you before doing any work. Learn more about the PNM tree trimming process

Trees are resources integral to our quality of life. Properly placed and planted, trees can even save you money on your heating a cooling bills. You can help by making sure any new trees that you plant won't interfere with any power lines or utilities on your property. We've created our From Seed to Shade guide to help you plan and plant trees that will be beautiful, healthy and safe from seed to shade.

The best long term approach to prevent future power line problems is to remove tall growing trees and re-plant with low growing varieties. Get information regarding how far away trees should be planted from power lines.