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    Eversource Working to Protect System Reliability as Trees Weakened by Drought and Invasive Insects Endanger the Grid


    September 6, 2022 - Contify Energy News

     

      The drought plaguing the region is not only affecting water supplies and burning out lawns, it’s also leaving trees around the state weak and vulnerable with the potential to damage the electric system. As effects of the drought coupled with the ongoing infestation by invasive insects continue to threaten Massachusetts’ landscape, Eversource is working closely with the communities it serves to address the hazardous trees along roads across the state that threaten overhead electric lines.

      Original Press Release:

      BOSTON and SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, Sept. 1 -- Eversource Energy issued the following news release:

      - Energy company takes collaborative approach addressing the region’s tree-health crisis to help reduce outages for customers

      The drought plaguing the region is not only affecting water supplies and burning out lawns, it’s also leaving trees around the state weak and vulnerable with the potential to damage the electric system. As effects of the drought coupled with the ongoing infestation by invasive insects continue to threaten Massachusetts’ landscape, Eversource is working closely with the communities it serves to address the hazardous trees along roads across the state that threaten overhead electric lines.

      “It has been a hot, dry summer and our team of arborists is seeing telltale signs of stress like weakened branches and early fall color,” said Eversource Vegetation Management Manager for Massachusetts Paul Sellers. “We’ve seen the devastation storms can cause, and trees already in poor health are especially vulnerable to the effects of drought, raising even greater concern of them coming down in a storm, possibly taking down electric lines with them and causing power outages. Addressing the state of our trees is critically important to ensuring safe, reliable electric service for our customers, and we’re committed to collaboration with our communities and property owners as the changing climate drives more extreme drought conditions that weaken trees and threaten reliability.”

      Eversource reminds customers that maintaining vegetation and trees is a shared responsibility between utilities, communities and property owners. The energy company regularly performs maintenance work to clear branches, trees and other vegetation that cause outages or are public safety concerns and works with property owners to help them understand their responsibility to maintain their own trees, including keeping branches away from the lower-voltage service wires connecting their homes and businesses to the main utility lines of the street.

      Eversource also encourages customers to work with them and give permission when needing to remove trees that are in danger of coming down and could possibly cause power outages. Customers should also check trees on their property for signs of stress – which may include thinning of the crown, loss of foliage, early color changes, and the presence of mushrooms near the base of the tree – and call a certified arborist to assess the situation.

      “Trees that are experiencing drought-related stress may cease growing and commence premature leaf-drop,” said Dr. Rick Harper from the University of Massachusetts. “The lack of foliage may facilitate visibility to the upper canopy area of a tree, providing residents with the opportunity to monitor and report any visible conflicts that they may note with electrical lines.”

      For details on Eversource’s comprehensive vegetation management program, please visit Eversource.com.

      Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2021 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies. Celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, Eversource transmits and delivers electricity and natural gas and supplies water to 1.8 million customers throughout Massachusetts, including approximately 1.46 million electric customers in 140 communities, 638,000 gas customers in 110 communities, and 8,900 water customers in five communities. Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,200 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, the company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit eversource.com, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit aquarionwater.com.

      Source: Eversource Energy

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