Some of the most extensive tree-trimming work Eversource plans to do in 2017 will happen in Wilton, as reducing tree-related power outages–made even more risky thanks to drought conditions–is motivating the company to spend $75 million on the effort.
Work will be scheduled periodically throughout 2017, with crews active in Wilton as recently as yesterday (Tuesday, Feb. 21).
Eversource says it is scheduling work along 4,200 miles of overhead electric lines around the state this year–132 miles of that will be in Wilton. Mitch Grossman, Eversource’s spokesman says the work is underway this month.
Tree-trimming plans have been developed, the company says, through close work “with community leaders and tree wardens throughout Connecticut…Eversource’s team of licensed arborists has developed a well thought-out tree trimming plan for 2017 that carefully balances the need for electric reliability while maintaining community aesthetics.”
What’s been especially concerning is how last year’s weather has impacted the region, making identification and removal of hazardous, drought-stressed trees a top priority this year for Eversource arborists.
“While we have a comprehensive tree trimming and removal program, the lack of rain and snow over the past year-plus has taken a toll on trees and managing them is even more vital than ever,” explains Sean Redding, manager of vegetation management at Eversource. “Trees can have a devastating effect on the electric system and our consistent tree work helps to improve day-to-day reliability for customers during all types of weather.”
There are 130 other communities in addition to Wilton where tree trimming is planned this year as well. In addition to the 132 miles of electric lines in Wilton, there are 117 miles in East Hampton, 115 miles in Stonington and 111 miles in Stamford where Eversource will work. The company says it will notify customers in advance if trimming is necessary on their property.
But Eversource also wants to remind customers that homeowners are responsible for tree maintenance on their own property, including 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.