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New Press Release: Does tree trimming reduce power outages?

We love to stay in a warm and fully functioning house during a snowstorm. At the end of a busy day, prolonged by a cold, messy commute home, we like to take a hot shower and nestle in a cozy bed. At the same time, we adore our trees, prize our shaded driveways and roads in summer, and adore the beautiful landscape around us. When the power goes out, though, our plans for a well-deserved rest in warmth, comfort, and safety, and many other plans as well, get turned upside down—and we know the vast majority of power outages during storms are caused by trees or tree branches falling on power lines. So, we need to learn how to reconcile our need
for reliable power delivery during storms with the careful preservation of our trees.

Results of the evaluation were “impressive,” says Anagnostou. We found that, although the enhanced tree trimming done by Eversource is focused primarily on only a very small percentage of the power lines on the backbone of its distribution system, the number of outages during storms would have been 10 to 30 percent higher without it.

See the full press release here.

You can read the full report here.

Published: March 11, 2019

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