Met-Ed conducts vegetation management work to enhance electric reliability

Metropolitan Edison Co. (Met-Ed) continues to conduct vegetation management work in communities across its 15 county service area in Pennsylvania as part of its ongoing efforts to help enhance system reliability.

To date, Met-Ed tree contractors have trimmed more than 1,100 circuit miles of electric lines as part of its $15 million vegetation management spending for 2013, with an additional 1,700 miles expected to be completed by year end.

The tree trimming and vegetation management work is done on a four-year cycle to ensure proper clearances around electric circuits and equipment and help reduce tree-related outages, particularly during severe weather.

During the summer months, Met-Ed will be conducting vegetation management in the following locations: Gettysburg, Hamburg, Lebanon, Reading, Stroudsburg, York and surrounding areas and Upper Bucks County.

Vegetation is inspected and trees are pruned in a manner that preserves the health of the tree, while also maintaining safe and reliable electric service for customers. In some cases, trees that present a danger or are diseased may also be removed.

As part of its notification process, Met-Ed works with municipalities to inform them of vegetation management schedules. In addition, customers living in areas along company rights-of-way also are notified prior to vegetation management work being done.

All vegetation management work is conducted to national standards by Met-Ed’s certified forestry contractors, including: York Tree Service; DTE; Jaflo Inc.; Lewis Tree Service Inc.; Nelson Tree Service Inc.; and Treesmiths Inc.

Met-Ed, a FirstEnergy utility, serves about 550,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties.

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