WILLIAMSPORT, Md.- Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., released its pruning program in 2021 with a strategy to clear greenery along roughly 1,670 miles of high-voltage line in its Maryland service location as well as 1,550 miles of lines in its area in the eastern panhandle from West Virginia.

Starting this year, Potomac Edison’s vegetation management cycle in Maryland will certainly be reduced to 4 years as opposed to 5, causing job along an extra 300 miles per year. The four-year cycle allows Potomac Edison to reach more areas in Maryland annually and also prevent even more tree-related failures yearly, consequently improving service dependability for clients. With the reduced cycle, Potomac Edison will reduce 6,059 miles in Maryland every 4 years.

Potomac Edison is currently working with a four-year trim cycle in West Virginia. The business will certainly spend nearly $ 38 million this year on its greenery management program, which also includes 267 miles of its overhanging power lines. Maintaining appropriate clearance and getting rid of dead or diseased trees around electrical tools can help reduce the frequency and period of power interruptions. particularly those associated with serious weather condition. In 2020, the firm was able to minimize the number of tree-related failures by 45% compared to 2019.

and the time customers experienced service interruptions as a result of trees dropped 75%.

“Our pruning program has actually brought significant advantages to our customers, and relocating to a shorter cycle in Maryland allows us to broaden our yearly coverage and also lower possible threats a lot more successfully,” stated James A. Sears, Jr., President of Operations FirstEnergy in Maryland. During the Potomac Edison’s trimming process, greenery is examined as well as trees are pruned to maintain the wellness of the tree while preserving safety and security around electric equipment. In some cases, trees that posture a hazard or are sick can be removed. Getting rid of inappropriate vegetation from under high-voltage line makes it much easier for company workers to gain access to and also service lines and repair work quicker if a failure takes place. Plant life monitoring work is accomplished by qualified woodland professionals under the firm’s instructions, including greater than 230 specialists with Asplundh Tree Expert Company, Lewis Tree, NG Gilbert, Nelson Tree Service, Wright Tree Service and Xylem Tree Experts.

Potomac Edison is collaborating with regional authorities to educate them of tree pruning plans. Customers staying in locations along the Company’s legal rights of means will be alerted before the conclusion of plant life administration work. Potomac Edison will certainly be cutting trees in the adhering to regions and neighborhoods in 2021:

Maryland –

Allegany: Barton, Bel Air, Corriganville, Cresaptown, Cumberland, Ellerslie, Feuerstein, Frostburg, LaVale, Little Orleans, Mittelland, Lonaconing, Old Town

Garrett: Accident, Bittinger, Finzel, Grantsville, Jennings, McHenry, Swanton

West Virginia

Grant: Hütten, Maysville, Petersburg

Hampshire: Bloomery, Capon Bridge, Green Spring, High View, Romney, Purgittsville

Hardy: Needmore, Rig, Wardensville

Mineral: Fort Ashby, brief space.

Potomac Edison offers approximately 270,000 consumers in Counties Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, and Washington in Maryland, or 137,000 customers in eastern West Virginia.

HOLMDEL, NJ– A regional authority caution states several household streets in the Holmdel area are slated to receive

tree cutting solutions.” An important part of supplying dependable power service to you as well as your neighbors is the clearance in between electric wires as well as trees,”the area created in a statement. “Tree work is presently intended to stay clear of downtime as well as associated troubles. This tree work will certainly be carried out for you for free as well as will be performed by specialist tree service providers utilizing appropriate tree-cutting methods.”

The pruning must start after May 1st.

Here are the 10 streets Holmdel Township says will certainly get trim services:

  • Bethany Road
  • Cresci Boulevard
  • Ennis Drive
  • Galaway Place
  • Hillcrest Road
  • Idaho Lane
  • Imbrook Lane
  • Line roadway
  • Rock Hill Road
  • Van Brackle Road

Tree waste is fed by a wood chopper, without chips offered to the homeowners
fee. These chips are available from the truckload (around 10 cubic meters and cover a location 10 by 100 feet, 3 to 4 inches deep). Timber that is huge to be fed with the chopper is cut into manageable lengths as well as left on the home according to the warning.

PG&E’s 2020 tree trimming failings lead to extra governing oversight

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was compelled to go through increased governing analysis due to the fact that the trees on the power lines most vulnerable to forest fires can not be properly reduced.

The California Public Utilities Commission hired PG&E Thursday to come up with a plan that describes exactly how the energy will ensure its most dangerous circuits are focused on for plants administration this year. This remains in response to an earlier commission review that discovered that in 2020 less than 5% of PG & & E’s enhanced pruning got on the company’s 20 highest possible threat power lines, based on the business’s very own rankings.

With the Commission’s vote, PG&E is in the very first stage of a six-step, escalating regulatory enforcement process that started in 2014 when the company entered into a year and also a half insolvency stemming from its responsibility for many years of disastrous woodland fires was.

PG&E might shed its operating certificate if the commissioners ever placed the firm at the very end of the brand-new enforcement process. Nevertheless, regulators opted for the least strict move on Thursday, which calls for the business to find up with a plan by May 5 that will describe how the firm can prevent repeating its tree-pruning errors in 2020. PG&E has to report every 90 days until the commission determines otherwise.

“The habits of PG&E stays extremely essential and controversial for most of us,” said Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen. He included that the brand-new oversight process is “a facet of lots of tools the Commission have to hold answerable,” including the review of the business’s government-mandated fire strategies.

Commissioners can later on eliminate PG&E from the stricter enforcement process if they figure out that the company has boosted completely. If this is not the instance, the commissioners can enforce stricter guidance, e.g. B. raised examinations and also audits. In the 6th and also last action of the enforcement process, the Commission could withdraw its permit from PG&E, a drastic procedure that could lead to the state converting the firm into a not-for-profit charitable organization.

Expanded oversight of PG&E comes after the firm’s power lines repeatedly triggered major forest fires, including the historically lethal 2018 campfire in Butte County, the 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, and the 2020 Zogg Fire in Shasta and Tehama counties.

PG&E spokesperson Lynsey Paulo claimed the company takes the Commission’s searchings for seriously as well as has currently made considerable improvements to its vegetation monitoring program. PG&E has also developed a brand-new forest fire risk version that can assist figure out where to invest the most in tree felling and other areas.

“It is in our best interests to interact to enhance our safety and security efficiency for the benefit of our consumers and also the communities we serve,” Paulo said in a firm declaration.

Many members of the public speaking at the Commission’s virtual meeting were puzzled that regulatory authorities were not taking tougher action against PG&E. Speakers were additionally deeply irritated by an 11-hour move by the compensation to terminate a recommended review of whether PG&E should be licensed as secure under a treatment produced by a just recently passed state woodland fire law.

According to AB1054, which Governor Gavin Newsom passed in 2019, PG&E and also various other investor-owned power companies are called for to get annual safety and security qualifications from the state. Without such certification, PG&E can deal with even more monetarily the prices of a significant forest fire started by its power lines this year. Acquiring certification makes it less complicated for the firm to bear these prices.

The Commission’s Forest Fire Safety Department decided to provide PG&E safety and security certification in January. Energy Reform Network customer supporters then asked the Commission to reevaluate this decision. The company concurred, and also commissioners was because of consider Thursday whether they would certainly vote in support of keeping PG & & E’s safety and security qualification. Nonetheless, the compensation took out the point on Wednesday and also educated the reform network in a letter that an adoption ballot was not legitimately needed.

Mark Toney, the executive supervisor of the Reform Network, chewed out the Commission’s withdrawal due to the fact that he stated it failed to vote on the appeal, denied them a “essential principle of freedom” and also obstructed the “constitutional right of customers to visit court.” He and others called on the Commission to delay a vote on PG & & E’s security qualification.

Another movie critic of the compensation, lobbyist Jessica Tovar of the East Bay Clean Power Alliance, told officials that they would offer PG&E a “certificate to kill”.

“Your performance history actually mirrors that of a serial awesome, and also we really need to put an end to that,” stated Tovar.

JD Morris is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [e-mail safeguarded] Twitter: @thejdmorris


PG&E under new control for failing to get rid of trees near high power lines

Brooks Jarosz from KTVU reports.

In an unanimous ballot on Thursday, the Commission placed PG&E into the first step of the expanded tracking as well as enforcement process as well as provided the energy the opportunity to establish a corrective action plan by May 5th.

The procedure includes six steps that are activated by details events. If all events are hit, PG&E will certainly lose its license and also the state will take control of the utility.

In that situation, the CPUC’s Wildfire Safety Division stated the business did not focus its greenery management on the greatest threat high-voltage line in 2020. Instead, it reduced trees near lower-risk ones, based on the firm’s very own risk analyses.

PG&E reports show that around 1,800 miles of high-voltage line were gotten rid of in the previous year.

However, an audit located that less than 5% of these were those that the company determined as the highest possible threat.

With the Commission’s choice, PG&E must, among other points, describe their mistakes, how they can alter modeling information, make internal decisions as well as enhance interaction with the teams on site.

Commissioners revealed frustration with PG & & E’s failure as well as wish to hold the energy accountable.

“Our orders imply something. They need to be followed,” claimed Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma. “We are stimulating these steps. All managed firms require to be cautious.”

PG&E has to make continual development on the order and also send progress reports every 90 days.

The CPUC safety and security personnel will closely keep an eye on the restorative activities taken by PG&E and make certain that the crews on site are focusing on.

If the energy has significant improvements this year, it could be gotten rid of from the advanced surveillance process. Nevertheless, if the restorative activity demands are not satisfied, the Commission can better create the benefits in this process.

For openness, a web site will certainly be established to enable the general public to comply with the progression of PG&E.

Brooks Jarosz is an investigatory reporter for KTVU. Email him at [e-mail protected] and follow him on Facebook as well as Twitter: @BrooksKTVU

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was forced to undergo increased regulatory scrutiny because the trees on the power lines most vulnerable to forest fires could not be properly cut.

  • Slide 1 of 2: Ismael Lopez of Mowbray's Tree Service, whom PG&E hired to manage vegetation, cuts a branch as the crews cut back trees near power lines along Skyline Boulevard in Oakland in 2019.

  • Slide 2 of 2: A utility pole stands next to trees as PG&E commissioned work teams prepare to prune trees along Skyline Boulevard in Oakland in 2019.

Ismael Lopez of Mowbray’s Tree Service, which PG&E hired to conduct vegetation management, is cutting a branch while crews are pruning trees near power lines along Skyline Boulevard in Oakland in 2019.

A power pole stands next to trees as PG&E assigns work teams prepare to prune trees along Skyline Boulevard in Oakland in 2019.

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The California Public Utilities Commission hired PG&E Thursday to come up with a plan that outlines how the utility will ensure its most dangerous circuits are prioritized for vegetation management this year. This is in response to an earlier commission review that found that in 2020 less than 5% of PG & E’s improved pruning was on the company’s 20 highest risk power lines, based on the company’s own rankings.

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With the Commission’s vote, PG&E is in the first phase of a six-step, escalating regulatory enforcement process that began last year when the company went into a year and a half bankruptcy stemming from its responsibility for years of catastrophic forest fires was.

PG&E could lose its operating license if the commissioners placed the company at the very end of the new enforcement process. However, regulators opted for the least stringent move on Thursday, which requires the company to come up with a plan by May 5 that will explain how the company can avoid repeating its tree-pruning mistakes in 2020. PG&E has to report every 90 days until the commission decides otherwise.

“The behavior of PG&E remains very important and controversial for many of us,” said Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen. He added that the new monitoring process is “an aspect of many tools that the Commission must hold accountable”, including a review of the company’s government-mandated fire prevention plans.

Commissioners can later remove PG&E from the stricter enforcement process if they determine that the company has improved sufficiently. If this is not the case, the commissioners could impose stricter supervision, e.g. B. increased inspections and audits. In the sixth and final step of the enforcement process, the Commission could withdraw its license from PG&E, a drastic measure that could result in the state converting the company into a not-for-profit charitable organization.

Extended oversight of PG&E comes after the company’s power lines repeatedly caused major forest fires, including the historically deadly 2018 campfire in Butte County, the 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, and the 2020 Zogg Fire in Shasta and Tehama counties .

PG&E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said the company takes the Commission’s findings seriously and has already made significant improvements to its vegetation management program. PG&E has also developed a new forest fire risk model that can help determine where to invest the most in tree felling and other areas.

“It is in our best interests to work together to improve our safety performance for the benefit of our customers and the communities we serve,” Paulo said in a company statement.

Many members of the public speaking at the Commission’s virtual meeting were dismayed that regulators were not taking tougher action against PG&E. Speakers were also deeply annoyed by a move by the Hour 11 Commission to cancel a proposed review of whether PG&E should be certified as safe under a procedure created by a recently enacted state forest fire law.

According to AB1054, which Governor Gavin Newsom enacted in 2019, PG&E and other investor-owned electricity companies are required to obtain annual safety certifications from the state. Without such certification, PG&E could face far more financially the costs of a major forest fire started by its power lines this year. Obtaining certification makes it easier for the company to bear these costs.

The Commission’s Forest Fire Safety Department decided to grant PG&E safety certification in January. Utility Reform Network consumer advocates then asked the Commission to reconsider this decision. The agency agreed, and commissioners were due to consider Thursday whether they would vote in favor of maintaining PG & E’s safety certification. However, the commission withdrew the point on Wednesday and informed the reform network in a letter that a ratification vote was not legally required.

Mark Toney, the executive director of the Reform Network, lambasted the Commission’s withdrawal because he said it failed to vote on the appeal, denied them a “fundamental principle of democracy” and blocked the “constitutional right of customers to go to court.” He and others called on the Commission to postpone a vote on PG & E’s safety certification.

Another critic of the commission, activist Jessica Tovar of the East Bay Clean Power Alliance, told officials that they would give PG&E a “license to kill”.

“Your track record really reflects that of a serial killer, and we really need to put an end to that,” said Tovar.

JD Morris is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @thejdmorris

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Mon Power has started the tree cutting program in 2021 and will clear the vegetation on around 5,700 miles of power lines this year. This program is part of his ongoing effort to improve service reliability for customers in West Virginia.

According to FirstEnergy Corp. Keeping appropriate clearances and removing dead or diseased trees from around electrical equipment can help reduce the frequency and duration of power outages, especially during severe weather. Removing incompatible vegetation from under power lines also results in easier access for company personnel to inspect and service lines and make repairs
faster if a failure occurs.

Since the first full year of the tree pruning program in 2015, Mon Power has reduced its total customer downtime minutes, including major storm events, by more than 40 percent.

Our pruning program is critical in identifying potential hazards in our service
Area and is one of the most effective ways to minimize service disruptions for ours
Customers.”

Jim Myers, President of West Virginia Operations for FirstEnergy

Working on a four-year trim cycle, Mon Power will spend more than $ 70 million on its vegetation management program this year. This includes 480 miles of overhead lines.

Vegetation is expected during the trimming process. Trees are also pruned to maintain the health of the tree while maintaining safety around electrical equipment. In some cases, diseased trees that endanger power lines or equipment can be removed.

Mon Power’s program includes approximately $ 2.5 million for the proactive removal of ash trees damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer along major distribution lines and lines near substations.

In 2021 Mon Power will carry out tree pruning work in the following counties and municipalities:

  • Barbour: Arden, Belington, Junior, Kasson, Moatsville, Nestorville, Tracy
  • Braxton: Burnsville, Morrison Ridge
  • Brooke: Beech below, Colliers, Follansbee, Wellsburg
  • Calhoun: Arnoldsburg, Five Forks, Grantsville, Millstone
  • Clay: Ivydale, Wallback
  • Gilmer: Glenville, Normantown, Sandfork
  • Greenbrier: Alderson, Alta, Alvon, Caldwell, Fairlea, Frankford, Lewisburg, Maxwelton, Orgelhöhle, Renick, Ronceverte, White Sulfur, Tuckahoe
  • Hancock: Chester, Newell, Weirton
  • Harrison: Anmoore, Bridgeport, Gypsies, Lumberport, Shinnston, West Milford
  • Lewis: Jane Lew, Weston
  • Marion: Fairmont, Grant Town, Winfield
  • Monongalia: Cheat Lake, Granville, Maidsville, Westover
  • Monroe: Alderson
  • Nicholas: Richwood, Summersville
  • Pendleton: Circleville, Riverton, Seneca Rocks, Upper Tract
  • Pocahontas: Bartow, Dunmore, Green Bank
  • Preston: Arthurdale, Gladesville, Hazelton, Kingwood, Masontown, Reedsville, Rowlesburg
  • Randolph: Harman, Helvetia, Mill Creek, Pickens, Valley Bend, Valley Head
  • Ritchie: Cairo, Ellenboro, Smithville
  • summer: Forest Hills, Hinton, Lowell, Pence Springs
  • Upshur: Buckhannon
  • Webster: Bolair, Cowen, Webster Springs
  • Wetzel: New Martinsville, Paden City, Proctor, Wileyville
  • host: Elizabeth, Palestine
  • Wood: Cedar Grove, Davisville, Kanawha, Mineral Wells, North Hills, Parkersburg, Pettyville

For more information on Mon Power’s tree pruning program, visit the Mon Power website or Facebook page.

JCP & L tree cutter JCP & L’s professional, Treesmith

, will certainly begin cutting trees in Hopewell Township in approximately 2 weeks.

For additional information on why the trees need to be

  • pruned, see the
  • JCP&L Trees Pruning web page.
  • You will deal with
  • the following
  • roads: Barry Rd Bear Tavern Rd Bethany Ave.
  • Blue Ridge
  • Rd
  • Brickyard Rd Burroughs Ave. Butterfoss Ave.
  • Cedar The Church Rd Coleman Ln Elden Way
  • Fabrow Dr.
  • Fern Ridge Rd
  • Fiddlers Creek Rd
  • Forge Hill Ct
  • Grant St.
  • Harb-Mt Airy Rd
  • Harb-Rocktown Rd
  • Harb-Woodsville Rd
  • Seeker Rd
  • Lafayette Ave.
  • Lambertville-Hopewell Rd
  • Lupine La
  • Lynn Brook Dr.
  • Morgan Ave.
  • Nedsland Ave.
  • New Rd
  • Old River Rd
  • Park Lake Ave.
  • Patterson Ave.
  • Pleasant Valley Rd
  • Pleasant Valley-Harb Rd
  • Arms Farm Rd
  • River Dr.
  • State Hwy 29
  • Trenton-Harb Rd
  • Leaner Ave.
  • Valley Rd
  • Valley View Rd
  • Washington Ave.
  • Washington Crossing Rd
  • Wildwood Way
  • Wilfred Ave.
  • Wrick Ave.