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PSC Hopes Tree Trimming Order Will Cut Back on Outages

January 24, 2013

American Electric Power and FirstEnergy officials need to trim trees near their power lines more often, according to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia....

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Jan-24-13 8:14 AM

it's not the cycle of trimming that is the's the way the trees are trimmed that is the problem.they need to focus on taking the whole tops[or whole tree] out instead of just what is touching the wires.we that pay our own bills have been paying for this tree trimming service already so there shouldn't be any raises in rates.if there is they are just trying to rip off the working group[non-payers are exempt].

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Jan-24-13 9:08 AM

Isn't it funny how these electric companies say "increase tree trimming could result in higher rates for the customer"; shame nothing is said that by keeping trees trimmed overtime pay for power company employees could be reduced along with a savings on materials used to repair downed lines.

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Jan-25-13 2:23 PM

They do not need to recover the funds for this, look at old proposals they have been charging us for this for years just never doing it. As for the "cycle of trimming", the last time I recall seeing them was 15 years ago. We lose our electric several times a year because of these trees. I can say their workers are very nice, I see them more each year than some of my relatives.

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Jan-28-13 10:34 AM

There used to be a yearly trimming cycle. AEP had a contract with ASPLUNDH a tree trimming company. AEP decided that it would be cheaper for them to do away with the yearly trimming cycle contract and only contract a trimming on an as needed basis. Funny that we never saw a cost savings on our electric bill when AEP realized a cost savings on their tree trimming bill. Yet, their maintenance cost are going to go up due to this tree trimming contract and they want to pass that on to the consumer. I guess as long as the stock holders get their ever increasing dividend then all is good.

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