PECO: Tree-trimming initiative underway

Residents in southeastern Chester and southwestern Delaware counties will benefit from a $2.4 million vegetation management investment to trim trees and remove vegetation along 310 miles of aerial electric lines, said a PECO press release.

The work is underway in Bethel, Birmingham, Chadds Ford, Concord, East Marlborough, Kennett, London Britain, New Garden, Pennsbury and Thornbury townships, and the Borough of Kennett Square. It will be completed by the end of June and will improve electric service for more than 20,000 customers, the release said.

“Vegetation growth causes about 20 percent of all electric outages,” John McDonald, vice president of technical services, said in the release. “Our comprehensive vegetation management program has helped us reduce vegetation-related outages by more than 50 percent during the last five years and is vital to safely keeping the lights on for our customers.”

Each year, PECO invests approximately $500 million to enhance its electric infrastructure, including preventive maintenance and equipment upgrades to provide safe and reliable service to customers. As part of this work, PECO will invest about $42 million in vegetation management work around approximately 3,500 miles of aerial electric lines in 2016.

PECO’s vegetation management crews are trained in arboricultural techniques as defined in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Standard. This standard takes into account the type and location of the tree, its relation to overhead equipment and overall health of the tree. Customers are notified before work begins in their area, the release said.

For more information, call 1-800-494-4000 or visit and click on the Trees and Powerlines link under the Customer Service / Service Request tab on the home page.


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