TOLEDO, Ohio, April 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- To help enhance service reliability for customers, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) will continue its tree trimming program in communities across Toledo Edison's northwestern Ohio service area throughout 2017.
More than $6.4 million will be spent this year to trim trees along 1,470 miles of lines across the Toledo Edison service area. The work helps to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment and protect against tree-related outages.
Tree trimming will be conducted in the communities of: Archbold, Defiance, Delta, Edgerton, Genoa, Holgate, Liberty Center, Maumee, Perrysburg, Stryker, Toledo, Wauseon, Waterville, West Unity, Whitehouse and Woodville.
"Trees are a leading cause of service disruptions, so our annual tree trimming efforts are key to enhancing reliable service for our customers," said Rich Sweeney, regional president of Toledo Edison. "This work pays dividends year-round in fewer service disruptions, particularly during severe storms that can do tremendous damage to trees, which then have the potential to damage our equipment."
The vegetation management work is conducted by certified forestry experts under the company's direction, including: Asplundh Tree Expert Company; Nelson Tree; and Pennline Service.
As part of its notification process, Toledo Edison 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.
The tree trimming is done on a four-year cycle. Vegetation is inspected and trees are pruned in a manner that helps preserve the health of the tree while also maintaining safety near electric facilities. Trees that are considered to present a danger or are diseased may be removed.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
Editor's Note: Photos of workers using bucket trucks to trim trees near FirstEnergy power lines are available for download on Flickr.
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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.