Central Maine Power Receives National Designation For Excellence in Tree Care
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AUGUSTA, MAINE May 24, 2018 A national group has recognized Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE:AGR), as a Tree Line USA Utility for the third straight year. The designation comes from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees.
"We are thrilled to have earned this recognition from Arbor Day Foundation," said Doug Herling, president and CEO for CMP. "We are proud of the quality tree care that our trained professionals and contractors have provided over the years, and receiving this designation demonstrates that we are doing the right things."
To receive the designation, utilities must meet five core standards set by the Foundation:
Tree care that meets industry standards for pruning, planting, removals, and other activity
Annual worker training in best practices for utility employees and contract workers
Tree planting and public education programs that demonstrate proper tree planting, placement and pruning while expanding the tree canopy in the community
Tree-based energy conservation programs that put special consideration on the value of trees in energy conservation
Arbor Day celebration sponsorship at the community level.
Arbor Week celebrations under way
CMP is observing Arbor Week (May 21-25) by offering educational presentations and distributing thousands of Trees are Good activity books to schools and community organizations throughout its 11,000-square-mile service area. Trees add beauty to the landscape, help clean the air, and provide shade and animal habitat, But they can also interfere with power lines, disrupting electric service and even posing safety hazards."
"Keeping trees away from power lines enhances safe, reliable service, so our tree crews prune along more than 4,000 miles of lines each year," said Tom Irwin, head of Vegetation Management for CMP. "As an arborist, I know the best way to have healthy trees and reliable service is by planting the right trees for your location."
Proper selection and placement of trees near overhead power lines can eliminate potential hazards and improve the appearance of your property. CMP encourages people who would like to plant a tree in observance of Arbor Week to "plan before you plant," and offers the following tips:
Before planting, look around the area for power lines and other hazards, and keep in mind that today's sapling will eventually grow into a mature tree many times its current size.
Avoid planting trees directly underneath power lines or too close to electric facilities along with minimizing the chance of power interruption, this keeps you and the public safe.
Trees like white pine, maple, ash, fir, and spruce that will be 60 feet or taller when mature should be planted no closer than 60 feet from the nearest power line.
Trees like crabapple, juniper, and dogwood that will be no more than 20 feet tall at maturity may be planted as close as 15 feet from the power line.
If plantings must go beneath lines, consider shrubs such as common lilac and spicebush or dwarf trees that will not grow up into the lines.
"Your local tree nursery can give lots of helpful advice on the types of trees or shrubs appropriate for particular sites and growing conditions, adds Irwin.
Nicholas Hahn, an arborist with Central Maine Power, distributes coloring books to kindergarten students as part of the utility's celebration of Arbor Week.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $31 billion in assets and operations in 27 states. The company owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks is comprised of eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates more than 6 gigawatts of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, primarily through wind and solar, in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,800 people. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
About CMP: Central Maine Power Company (CMP) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR). As Maine's largest electricity transmission and distribution utility, CMP serves 618,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine's customer base. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.