BGE customers have experienced almost 35% less power outages than during the last four years says Business Wire. This is due to reliability standards the state of Maryland adopted in 2012. To follow these standards BGE has created new procedures to deal with vegetation, such as branches, near power lines. This plan is estimiated to spend close to $27 million dollars in 2016 and cover nearly 10,500 miles of powerlines in Maryland.
“By reducing interference from trees at the same time we have been investing heavily in upgrading electric equipment, our customers have been experiencing the lowest numbers of power outages in BGE’s history over the last several years,” said Derrick Dickens, vice president of Technical Services for BGE to Business Wire. “At the same time, we are working with our customers and community partners to expand the tree canopy away from power lines, so we all get the environmental and energy-saving benefits of trees. That is smart energy.”
Even though BGE is taking down branches and trees to improve reliability, this Maryland utility is also helping save the trees. With it’s Energy Savings Tree Program, BGE and the Arbor Day Foundation offer a limited number of trees to plant around your home. This program helps improve the tree canopies in the community which helps reduce energy costs through shade and wind resistance.
Source: Business Wire