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Correct Sowing

Trees offer us great ecological, social, economic and environmental benefits. They clean and cool the air, they shade our cities and they embellish the landscape. Although it may seem complex, trees and power lines can coexist in our ecosystem. This harmonious balance is achieved when a correct sowing plan is established, outside the power line. The correct sowing of a tree must have a minimum horizontal distance of 15 feet from the overhead power lines.

A tree planted in the wrong place can cause many problems, such as: damage to the curb, sidewalks, fences, residences and other structures, as well as interference with public lighting and power lines. This causes unnecessary interruptions in the electricity service. To avoid these problems and avoid cutting or removing a tree, be careful when choosing the species to be planted, the space available and the location of the power lines. You must look for species that can grow and develop without causing problems. The only vegetation that can be planted near the power line are small bushes and herbaceous plants (woody plants that can reach a maximum height of 15 feet in their adult stage). These require maintenance and continuous pruning by their owners so that they fulfill their purpose of beautifying the areas and improving our quality of life.


REGULATIONS OF RIGHT OF WAY FOR THE PUERTO RICO ELECTRIC POWER AUTHORITY

Law Number 143 of July 20, 1979 sets forth the regulations for the use and enjoyment of electricity right of way that the Electric Power Authority approved and promulgated.


Article E: Sowing in the Easements

You can plant vegetation, such as shrubs and plants, except trees, within the strips of right of way for aerial systems of electric energy, provided that the minimum vertical distance required is maintained.

Both the vegetation, as trees, shrubs and plants, within the easement, should not interfere with the free passage of power lines of electrical transmission and distribution systems. The Authority may trim, tear down, eliminate or cut trees, shrubs or plants, planted in violation of the above restrictions or that invade the strip of a right of way.


aleli
BROWN ALELÍ   It reaches a height between 10 and 15 feet, and 4 inches in diameter in the trunk. It is used as an ornamental tree.
acalifa
ACALIFA   Reaches a height of 10 feet. Ideal for places of breezes but exposed to the sun directly. Need irrigation in times of drought.
canary
YELLOW CANARY Climbing plant native of Brazil. It prefers fertile soils with good drainage. Average tolerance to winds and droughts.

poppy
POPPY OR PAVONA   Reaches a height of 15 feet. It prefers fertile soils, well drained and slightly acidic.
mangle
SILVER MANGROVE   It reaches a height between 15 and 22 feet. It is widely used as a shrub in landscaping. It is wind resistant.
cordynile

CORDYNILE RED   It can reach up to 10 feet in height. Its trunk is erect, of multiple stem, cane type.