A.C. Electric’s Tree-Trimming Program Improves Service Reliability

The electric company’s tree-trimming program is designed to prevent growing threats from storms. (Photo courtesy of Atlantic City Electric)

Atlantic City Electric customers will continue to benefit from the company’s ongoing effort to trim trees and remove vegetation along more than 1,800 miles of power lines in 2021.

This work, which will continue through the year, will help maintain safe and reliable service for the company’s more than 560,000 customers across South Jersey, according to an Atlantic City Electric news release.

Tree trimming and vegetation management work is a critical component of Atlantic City Electric’s efforts to continue to provide its customers with reliable energy service, especially given the growing threats from severe weather and powerful storms driven by climate change, the release says.

Trees that come in contact with electric wires cause about 24 percent of power outages each year across the company’s entire service area. Atlantic City Electric’s enhanced tree trimming efforts are having significant impacts on the reliability of service the company provides, the release stated.

Since 2011, the frequency of outages experienced by customers caused by trees and other vegetation has decreased by 42 percent and resulted in Atlantic City Electric customers receiving the most reliable service ever in 2020, according to the release.

Throughout the year, customers are periodically notified of upcoming vegetation management work and may notice tree-trimming crews across portions of the company’s service area, particularly in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties.

As part of Atlantic City Electric’s robust vegetation management program, the company performs routine vegetation management on a four-year cycle, adhering to New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ specifications.

Pruning trees near power lines is hazardous. Atlantic City Electric asks residents not to trim trees on their property near power lines and to instead contact the company to report these findings for evaluation. Atlantic City Electric tree trimming personnel are specially trained to work in close proximity to electrical conductors.

For additional information or to request tree and vegetation management services, customers can visit atlanticcityelectric.com/TreeTrimming or call 800-642-3780.