NEW CASTLE, Pa., Penn Power crews are busy trimming trees and removing brush across its western Pennsylvania service to help reduce the likelihood of storm-related outages this year. The energy company is spending $9.5 million in it's tree-trimming program will help prevent tree-related outages.
Since the beginning of the year, tree contractors have trimmed trees along nearly 300 miles of electric lines across the Penn Power service area. The company's program remains on track to complete an additional 900 miles of tree-trimming work by the end of the year.
"Tree branches interfering with power lines is a leading cause of power outages, which is why this proactive work is necessary across our lush service area," said Ed Shuttleworth, regional president of Penn Power and Ohio Edison. "Our tree crews have made great progress over the years maintaining our vegetation to minimize the risk of tree-related outages."
Tree trimming will take place in the following counties and communities this year:
- Alleghany – Adams Township, Franklin, McCandless Township, Marshall Township and Pine Township
- Beaver – Forward Township and North Sewickley
- Butler – Adams Township, Bradford Woods, Cranberry, Evans City, Jackson Township, Marshall Township, Pine Township, Richland Township, Valencia and Zelienople
- Crawford – Espyville and Hartstown
- Lawrence – Beaver Falls, Edinburg, New Beaver, New Brighton, New Castle, New Wilmington, Pulaski, Wampum and West Pittsburg
- Mercer – Conneaut Lake, Farrell, Greenville, Grove City, Jamestown, Mercer, Perry Township, Sandy Lake, Sharon, Transfer and West Middlesex