PECO is investing about $1.7 million in tree pruning and selective tree removals along 300 miles of aerial electric lines in Chester County to improve electric service reliability for about 30,000 customers. Work began in mid-August and will continue through December. Preventive pruning around aerial power lines is vital to providing reliable electric service since vegetation causes about one-third of all electric outages.
Pruning will be performed in the Townships of Caln, East Caln, East Bradford, East Brandywine, East Marlboro, London Grove, New Garden, Newlin, Pocopson, Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan, West Bradford, West Goshen, West Marlboro, and the Boroughs of Downingtown and West Chester.
“Our goal is to reduce the number of tree-related outages and keep the lights on for our customers,” said Alex Brown, manager of Vegetation Management. “Preventive maintenance programs like tree pruning and other vegetation management play key roles in providing the safe and reliable electric service our customers expect.”
In 2013, PECO will invest approximately $33 million in its vegetation management program. This reliability initiative includes tree pruning and other vegetation removal around approximately 2,700 miles of aerial power lines on the PECO electric distribution and transmission system.
PECO’s vegetation management crews are trained in arboricultural pruning techniques, as defined in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Standard. This standard takes into account the type and location of the tree in relation to the overhead wires and the overall health of the tree. PECO notifies property owners prior to work beginning in each community. Customers in areas where line clearance work is completed experience fewer outages and a significant improvement in electric service reliability.
Customers with questions should call 1-800-311-6345, ext. 915 for more information, or visit www.peco.com and click on the Trees and Powerlines link under the Customer Service / Service Request tab on the homepage.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region’s most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.
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