ADDISON, N.Y. — November 11, 2020 — NYSEG announced today it recently started proactive tree trimming work in the town of Addison to protect its systems against and reduce the impact of severe weather. The efforts will stretch roughly 54 miles throughout Addison, covering the entire town. It will include trimming on every high voltage power line in the area within the company’s right-of-way, which is property a utility can access to manage trees and other vegetation, among other things.
“Trees, branches and foliage are a leading cause of power interruptions,” said Justin Raynor, Distribution Forester for the Elmira Division at NYSEG. “When damaged or broken during storms, this vegetation can take down power lines or poles and cause outages. For this reason, NYSEG invests significant resources to proactively conduct tree trimming throughout our service area. With the winter months approaching, this trimming will also help to protect our infrastructure when snow and ice builds up and weighs down vegetation.”
This year, NYSEG has trimmed more than 3,000 miles of distribution lines across its service area. This involves pruning or removing trees and vegetation that could come into contact with its power lines. Additionally, the company prioritizes addressing worst performing circuits, which deliver power to customers’ homes and businesses, and circuits that greatly impact reliability.
The company’s work in Addison will focus on roadside and backyard maintenance tree trimming, with the majority of work taking place on roadside. In addition to routine maintenance tree trimming, NYSEG crews will patrol the region for hazard trees to evaluate and pursue future full tree removals.
NYSEG advises customers that temporary and minor traffic delays may occur during the project period. The company also asks that motorist use extra caution when near crews and work zones.
“Our contractor crews, Ironwood, will be seen working all around town throughout the duration of this project,” said Raynor. “We thank our customers in advance for their attentiveness as they pass through work zones. This will allow crews to complete their trimming efforts safely and efficiently.”
For more information on the company’s full vegetation management program, visit nyseg.com.
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About NYSEG: New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1852, NYSEG operates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines across more than 40% of upstate New York. It also operates more than 8,150 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 20 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 894,000 electricity customers and 266,000 natural gas customers. For more information, visit nyseg.com.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $35 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States.
AVANGRID employs approximately 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.
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