Ameren trims trees only in rights-of-way and easements. Trees near the electric line that runs from the main power line to a home - called a service drop - are the property owner’s responsibility.
Usually, when homes are built an easement is granted at the time of development that allows utilities the ability to access and maintain their equipment. Ameren may therefore hold easement rights on the land on which power lines and poles are located. Ameren requests landowners not encroach on the easements with trees or buildings that may disrupt the operation of the lines.
If you are concerned about tree growth near your service drop, please contact us to request and schedule an appointment to have your service drop disconnected in order to have the trees near this line trimmed safely. We recommend that you hire a professional tree service to do this trimming.
In some cases, Ameren may have to remove trees that we deem a high risk to electrical service or to the general public. Fast growing trees under power lines can interfere with electrical service, impact reliability and cause power outages. When this is the case, homeowners are notified regarding the need for removal.