Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with us about the vegetation in your neighborhood.
Last fall’s vegetation maintenance work on the line close to your home targeted trees that posed problems because they were too tall or because they encroached on the safety clearance zone around the power lines. In fact, when a tree branch comes too close to a high-voltage line, even if they don’t touch, it may create an electric arc and catch fire or cause a power outage that might affect thousands of customers. Rest assured that we never aim to eliminate all existing vegetation, but rather to preserve the species that are compatible with the grid, such as short-growing trees and bushes.
In collaboration with the borough of Anjou, we have established a pilot landscaping program, compatible with Hydro-Québec’s transmission grid, that will be implemented this fall in the Parc de Malicorne and the Parc des Closeries. This project will allow vegetation and electricity transmission lines to coexist harmoniously over the long term. It is the fruit of an agreement between Hydro-Québec and the Ville de Montréal to support the city’s greening efforts, and also to help prevent heat islands.
To know more about vegetation and high-voltage transmission lines, see our website.