NYSEG Boosting Vegetation Management Investment in Brewster Area to Help Ensure Safe, Reliable Service
– NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has expanded the scope of its vegetation management work in the Kent, Patterson, Yorktown and Carmel areas in an effort to minimize tree-related power interruptions. The company is planning on completing an additional approximately 110 miles of vegetation management clearing along its distribution lines in these towns. This additional work is a key part of the company’s “storm hardening” initiative to protect its system from storm damage and improve reliability for customers.
“With this additional clearing, we expect to complete vegetation management along a total of 475 miles of distribution lines in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties this year, which is about 30% of our lines in the region.” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Since tree contact with our facilities is the leading cause of power interruptions, this investment will have a direct benefit to customers in the form of improved reliability.”
Property owners along the lines scheduled for work this fall will receive a notice in the mail. Tree crews will also attempt to notify the property owners in person before the work takes place.
“Roadside work always raises safety concerns for crews and drivers, and we’ll have more crews in more places this fall,” Lynch said. “For everyone’s safety, we urge drivers to take extra care when traveling through work zones.”
NYSEG and its contractors follow industry best practices related to tree pruning and removal near power lines These include consideration for the health, shape, strength, growth rate and appearance of trees before and after pruning, while also establishing the necessary clearances to increase safety and reliability.
Additional information about NYSEG’s vegetation management program, along with tips for tree planting and care can be found at www.nyseg.com – click on “Usage and Safety,” on “Electrical Safety” and then on “Trees and Power Lines.”