May 10, 2018 ~ Access McCandless Staff
Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. announced tree trimming work in communities across its western Pennsylvania service area as part of its ongoing efforts to help enhance service reliability.
“The tree trimming we have done over the past several years is making a positive difference in keeping the lights on for our customers and restoring service in the wake of severe weather,” said Randall A. Frame, regional president of Penn Power. “Harsh winter storms damaged many trees along our service lines, and we want to trim those trees further to protect our system before summer thunderstorms arrive.”
During the upcoming months, Penn Power will be conducting tree trimming work in the following counties and communities:
- Allegheny County: Ingomar, Marshall Township, McCandless, McKnight, Pine Township, Ross Township and Sewickley.
Tree trimming is done on a five-year cycle. The program includes inspecting vegetation near the lines to ensure trees are pruned in a manner that helps preserve the health of the tree, while also maintaining safety near electric facilities. Trees that present a danger or are diseased also may be removed.
As part of its notification process, Penn Power works with municipalities to inform them of tree trimming schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way also are notified prior to vegetation management work being done.