Eversource invests millions in tree trimming to protect MA power lines

The company will spend $23 million in 2016 on tree trimming.

Photo courtesy: Eversource

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Eversource provides electricity to more than a million homes and businesses throughout the state.

In 2016, the company is scheduled to work and trim trees along 3,000 miles of power lines. Trimming branches and limbs are all a part of protecting the lines and improving reliability, while still respecting the natural landscape, Eversource says.

“Trees, especially the fall foliage, are one of the things that make Massachusetts so beautiful. But if not properly managed, trees can have a devastating effect on the electric system,” said Bob Allen, Manager of Vegetation Management at Eversource. “Our dedication to tree trimming not only improves day-to-day reliability for customers, it allows us to remove hazardous trees before Mother Nature does it first.”

The electric company’s investment totals to $23 million this year.

In a release sent to 22News from Eversource officials, says the company’s team works closely with the tree warden in each town where work is done and notifies customers in advance if any work is necessary on their property. Since the year-round tree maintenance program started in 2011, the company has reduced the number of tree-related power outages by 33 percent in the state.

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