Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

West Penn Power steps up $40M tree trimming program


West Penn Power Co. has stepped up efforts to clear trees and other vegetation from near its power lines serving roughly 720,000 customers across a 24-county territory in southweste­rn Pennsylvan­ia. The Greensburg electric utility plans to spend $40 million in 2017 to trim nearly 5,000 miles of circuit miles. The company said tree contractor­s have already trimmed more than 1,000 miles of lines, with an additional 3,900 miles to be completed by year end. The utility will spend about $7 million to remove more than 56,000 ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer. It will be in the following Allegheny County communitie­s in upcoming months: Bethel Park, Cheswick, Natrona Heights, Peters, Springdale and Upper St. Clair.

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