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NYSEG Planning 2014 Vegetation Management Work to Help Ensure Continued Safe, Reliable Service

Brewster and Liberty, NY – NYSEG, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, has contract arborists patrolling portions of its downstate electricity distribution system to identify specific trees along rights of way that should be pruned or removed to help ensure continued safe, reliable service.

“Trees that come in contact with our power lines are the leading cause of power interruptions,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “Our comprehensive vegetation management program directly benefits our customers: it lessens the likelihood of tree-related power interruptions and improves the overall safety and reliability of our system.”

During their rounds, the contract arborists are attempting to give property owners notice of the needed work well in advance of tree contractors performing the work from May through the end of the year. They will inform property owners about the work through face-to-face conversations, letters placed on doors or phone contact. The communication with customers will include contact information for customers who have questions.

“This new approach to vegetation management in our downstate service area will help us gauge the value of detailed pre-planning and early notification to customers,” Lynch said.

Before vegetation management work begins later in the year, property owners will be notified again – this time by mail.

 
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.”