Evergy (formerly Westar Energy and KCP&L) is asking residents to help keep trees away from power lines. Company tree experts trim all year to keep ice, snow, wind and storms from causing outages. In trimmed areas, tree-related power outages have dropped by more than 60 percent.
If you have any sort of vegetation (trees, branches, bushes, etc.) near the power line that runs from the pole to your meter, please schedule a line clearance request. Evergy will send a crew member to review your request.
If a crew member finds vegetation doesn't pose a threat to your energy service, no further action is needed. If a crew member finds vegetation does pose a threat, Evergy will work with you to schedule a time to disconnect—and then reconnect—your service line so you or your contractor can trim around the line.
When a power outage occurs, Evergy’s immediate priority is to restore power to customers. If trimming is necessary to get the lights back on, Evergy will:
- Perform a courtesy knock to let you know Evergy is on your property.
- Clear vegetation that interferes with power lines and equipment to ensure restoration is performed safely and quickly.
- Ask you to clean up the outage debris so Evergy can focus on the work of restoring power to the community.
Professional crews evaluate each tree individually, and typically use directional pruning methods. They will only remove branches that could impact overhead lines.
If you have vegetation near the power line that runs from the pole to your meter, you can fill out an online vegetation at this link or for Evergy Metro (formerly KCP&L-KS) call 1-888-471-5275 or for Evergy Central (formerly Westar) 1-800-383-1183.