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Penn Power to conduct tree trimming work in the North Hills

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.

Since the beginning of the year, tree contractors have trimmed more than 400 circuit miles of electric lines in the Penn Power service area as part of the nearly $11.3 million vegetation management program for 2018, with an additional 800 miles expected to be completed by year end.

“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 CountyIngomarMarshall Township, McCandless, McKnightPine TownshipRoss 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.

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