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

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.