CL&P: Tree Trimming Budget Doubled for 2012

Utility hopes efforts will 'reduce the vulnerability of our distribution system to outages.'

After and an left Connecticut in the dark, says they are enacting a plan that includes significantly “more routine and enhanced tree trimming in 2012 across the state.”

The utility company says  they plan to $53.5 million on tree trimming – an increase of approximately $27 million over 2011. The expanded tree work will be performed along 4,900 miles of the company’s utility poles and wires, an increase of 1,600 miles. 

In a press release, CL&P outlined that the additional tree work includes:

  • 1,100 additional miles of routine tree trimming 
  • 500 additional miles of enhanced tree trimming and tree removal

"Expanded tree work is a critical part of our plan to reduce the vulnerability of our distribution system to outages,” said Bill Quinlan, CL&P’s vice president of Emergency Preparedness. “Emergency preparedness is a top priority at CL&P, and significantly increasing our tree-trimming program is one way we’re demonstrating that commitment to our customers. We’ll be working closely with our municipal partners to coordinate our efforts.” 

Municipal Outreach

CL&P arborists have reportedly begun reaching out to municipal leaders in the towns and cities served by CL&P to review tree-trimming plans and coordinate them with local efforts. Permits from local and state agencies will be obtained in advance, and CL&P will coordinate with municipal and state partners regarding parking and traffic control where necessary. 

Contractor Agreements with CL&P
CL&P has begun hiring approximately 100 additional contractor tree crews to perform the expanded tree work, which is expected to continue through December 2012.

Public Education
Outreach to CL&P customers will focus on the shared responsibility of tree maintenance to ensure electric reliability; planting appropriate trees near utility poles and wires; and the importance of being prepared before storms. For more information on planting the right tree in the right place, or a comprehensive list of trees that are compatible with utility lines, visit the publications section of www.cl-p.com. Customers with general questions about our expanded tree work program should call CL&P’s customer service center at 800-286-2000.


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