Press Release

Originally published on 31st Jan, 2020

Dominion Energy will perform tree trimming activities along overhead utility lines in the following neighborhoods for the next two weeks:

Distribution Line Tree Trimming:

  • Heathwood Park Neighborhood
  • Shandon Neighborhood Council
  • Sherwood Forest Neighborhood
  • Shiloh Community Organization
  • North Columbia Civic Club (Greenwood)
  • Fairworld Acres/Harlem Heights
  • Arsenal Hill Neighborhood
  • Elmwood Park
  • Vista Neighborhood Association

Citizens with specific questions or concerns should contact Forestry and Beautification at 803-545-3860 or Dominion Energy at 1-800-562-9308 to meet and discuss in advance of the work being completed.

The trimming will be completed by Dominion Energy’s contractors and work will be closely monitored by the City’s Certified Arborists from the Forestry and Beautification Division.

The purpose of the trimming activities is to increase safety and reliability of the electric service. Dominion Energy reports an 89% improvement in reliability in vegetation related outages in areas where trimming is completed compared to a year ago. The trimming guidelines include removing vegetation within 8-12 feet below and beside the power lines and up to 20 feet above the power lines.

Dominion Energy and their contractors trim in accordance with International Society of Arboriculture guidelines, using ANSI A300 pruning methods leaving good cuts that will generate new growth.

Dominion Energy’s re-conductor work includes pole replacements and new wire in select locations. The goal of re-conductor work is to improve reliability.

For more information about Dominion Energy’s tree trimming efforts, including helpful tips and suggestions regarding the planting of trees and other vegetation, visit

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