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CMP tree care in Midcoast area will enhance power-system reliability
AUGUSTA, Maine, April 21, 2009 — Ten communities in the Midcoast area are among and estimated 130 cities and towns in central and southern Maine to benefit from Central Maine Power Co.’s tree care program from April through June. The work along utility lines is part of a $23 million annual vegetation management program to improve reliability throughout CMP’s 11,000-square-mile service area.
CMP contractors will trim trees along distribution lines in Arrowsic, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Dresden, Freeport, Georgetown, Lisbon Falls, Topsham, and Woolwich.
Motorists are urged to use caution when they encounter tree crews working alongside Maine roads.
“These crews play a key role in helping CMP provide the safe, reliable service that customers depend on,” said CMP spokesman John Carroll. “This kind of work can be difficult, and we urge motorists who come across these crews to proceed slowly and at a safe distance.”
Managing tree growth around power lines is a big job for the utility, according to Carroll.
“We have more than 23,000 miles of transmission and distribution line, and for most of it, trees are at risk of growing up into the wires or falling down onto them. Needless to say, it’s the most frequent cause of blinking clocks and power outages,” he said. “Our tree crews are well-trained in tree care practices that balance aesthetics and system reliability, and they work in accordance with practices established by the International Society of Arboriculture.”
CMP’s team of licensed arborists and qualified contractors carefully prune and remove trees along hundreds of miles of public roads every year to help provide safe, reliable electric service. Because protecting the health of trees is important, contractors adhere to standards endorsed by the tree care industry. Tree crews consider the shape, strength, growth rate, and appearance of a tree before working on it.
CMP notifies customers about its vegetation management activities every year with inserts in its bills. Customers can sign up to receive a notice when tree trimming is happening in their area. For more information call CMP’s Vegetation Management department at 1-800-972-8600.
Additional information about CMP’s Tree Care program, along with tips for tree planting and care can be found on CMP’s web site at http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/TreeCare/default.html.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
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