Eversource plans tree-trimming along 4,000 miles of CT roads
Eversource Energy said Wednesday it will be trimming trees along more than 4,000 miles of overhead lines around the state to enhance reliability for customers.
Last year’s back-to-back nor’easters and destructive tornadoes brought down tens of thousands of trees in Connecticut, causing extensive damage to the electric system and power outages for customers.
Among the 130 communities where tree trimming will be performed this year, some of the most extensive work will be done in Greenwich along 116 miles of electric lines.
Trees will also be trimmed along 103 miles in Redding, 101 miles in Newtown and 92 miles in Enfield. Other communities where pruning will be completed include Manchester, Watertown, Southbury, Meriden and Windham.
Eversource notifies customers in advance if trimming is necessary on their property.
“The long-lasting effects of the drought that plagued the region over the last several years, coupled with consecutive infestations by the gypsy moth and the emerald ash borer have weakened trees around the state,” said Eversource Vegetation Management Manager Alan Carey said in a release. “Removing hazardous trees is vital to ensuring our customers have energy for every moment of their lives. Our team of licensed arborists are experts at identifying vulnerable trees that threaten the electric system and they work closely with community leaders to carefully balance the aesthetics of neighborhoods and the need for reliability.”
Eversource said it is investing approximately $83 million this year in tree trimming and hazardous tree removal to enhance reliability for customers throughout Connecticut. Mitch Gross, a spokesman for the utility company, said Wednesday the company will sped millions of dollars more in upgrades to its electric distribution network to prevent customers from losing power during severe weather.
“That’s standard operating procedure,” Gross said. “Tree trimming goes on year around, six days a week, weather permitting. This is a steady effort throughout the entire year.”
Communities in Eversource’s Connecticut territory are on a four-year rotation, he said. That means trees along about a fourth of the utility’s overall network of wires and poles get taken care of each year, Gross said.
The actual tree trimming is done by contractors, he said. They consult with the utility’s staff arborists, municipal tree wardens and the property owners where the work will be done before any trimming actually begins, according to Gross.
The company also reminded customers that homeowners are responsible for tree maintenance on their own property. That includes keeping branches away from the lower-voltage service wires connecting their homes and businesses to the main utility lines on the street.
Eversource strongly recommends contacting a professional tree service to perform this work.
For details on the company’s comprehensive vegetation management program, please visit Eversource.com.