Eversource Investment in Tree Trimming is Enhancing Reliability
Work scheduled along 40 miles of electric lines in Goffstown
GOFFSTOWN, New Hampshire (July 18, 2016) - Evesource tree crews are working throughout the state to trim branches and identify and remove hazardous trees that threaten the reliability of the electrical system. Goffstown, one of the communities that experienced severe power outages during the Thanksgiving storm in 2014, will see tree trimming begin this month.
"Here in New Hampshire, trees are a treasured part of the state's landscape and add a unique beauty that attracts visitors from afar. But trees can also cause significant damage to the electric system, accounting for more than 60 percent of all power outages," said Bob Allen, Manager of Vegetation Management at Eversource. "Our tree trimming programs help keep the lights on during storms and keep our line workers and the public safe from hazardous trees."
In Goffstown, Eversource crews will trim a total of 40 miles of overhead power lines-an investment of more than $500,000 to enhance reliability for the community, as well as neighboring cities and towns.
In response to the 2008 Ice Storm, Eversource implemented a rigorous four-year trimming cycle along its electric distribution system, as well as an Enhanced Tree Trimming (ETT) program that includes the identification and removal of hazardous trees in areas that have experienced a high number of tree related power outages. Eversource will invest $30 million this year trimming more than 2,800 miles along overhead distribution power lines. It is anticipated that about 150 miles of ETT work will be also be completed in 2016, an increase from 106 miles of ETT work in 2015.
Eversource's Scheduled Maintenance Trimming and ETT programs have helped to reduce the number of tree-caused outages by 13 percent across New Hampshire, and even more in some areas. The programs also balance the need for providing reliable electricity and maintaining community aesthetics.
"In an effort to be a good community partner and neighbor, our certified arborists work closely with the communities where work is done, notifying customers in advance of any trimming on their property and performing a visual inspection to identify hazardous trees that may not be in our trim zone, but that could pose a threat to the system," Allen said.
The tree work in Goffstown is to be performed by Asplundh Tree Expert Company and is expected to be complete in the fall. Trimming will take place along Route 114, New Boston Road, Goffstown Back Road, Center Street and Henry Bridge Road, as well as along ancillary roads. This trimming will enhance reliability along lines that serve nearly 2,000 homes and businesses.
Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire's largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns. Recognized in 2015 as the top-ranked "green" utility in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, Eversource harnesses the commitment of its approximately 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com) and follow us on Twitter (@eversourceNH) and Facebook (facebook.com/EversourceNH).