Eversource Investing $36 Million in Tree Trimming

HYANNIS – In an effort to reduce tree-related power outages, Eversource is investing $36 million this year pruning trees that threaten the electric system and the reliable delivery of power for customers.

Eversource will be trimming trees along more than 3,000 miles of overhead lines across the state.

“In a storm such as the ones we had, there’s always going to be some type of tree damage but it is our goal and our plan to minimize the effects of trees on reliability of electric service,” said Eversource spokesman Mike Durand.

Around 120 Massachusetts communities will be directly benefitting from Eversource’s work this year.

Highlights of the work include trimming along 250 miles of lines in five communities on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

“That is not all of the work we’ll be doing on the Cape but it gives some idea of the type of commitment that we have to making sure that trees are kept in check as far as reliability,” said Durand.

Eversource will notify customers in advance if trimming is necessary on their property.

The company is also reminding customers that they are responsible for tree maintenance on their own property, including keeping branches away from lower voltage service wires.

Eversource transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas to 1.7 million customers throughout Massachusetts.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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