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Eversource Launches $80M Tree Trimming Project

Eversource plans overhead tree-trimming along 4,000 of electric lines in 121 communities this year.
Eversource plans overhead tree-trimming along 4,000 of electric lines in 121 communities this year. Photo Credit: Provided/ Eversource

Eversource has invested $80 million in tree-trimming projects across 4,000 miles of electric lines in Connecticut this year.

That money will help the company remove hazardous trees to make the Eversource service more reliable to customers, the utility said in a news release.

In addition to safety and power reliability, Eversource cited another reason to trim the trees: The company says it plans to get rid of problematic trees that were ravaged by gypsy moth caterpillars and emerald ash borers beetles.

“The drought plaguing the region over the last several years may have ended, but the effects are long-lasting and took a toll on trees around the state,” said Eversource Vegetation Management Manager Sean Redding. “Consecutive infestations by the gypsy moth and now by the emerald ash borer are adding to the problem, that’s why identifying and removing hazardous trees is vital. We’re always working to serve our customers better, and our comprehensive tree trimming program is part of an overall strategy to ensure year-round reliability.”

In 2018, Eversource will be trimming trees along overhead lines around the state. Among the 121 communities where tree trimming will be performed this year, some of the most extensive work will be done in Woodstock along 153 miles of electric lines. Trees will also be trimmed along 114 miles in Haddam, 110 miles in Danbury and 100 miles in Greenwich. In addition, pruning will be completed in Cheshire, Killingly, Sharon and Stamford. Eversource notifies customers in advance if trimming is necessary on their property.

Eversource reminds electric customers that they are responsible for tree maintenance on their side of the property.

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