Tree trimming improvements resulting in more reliability for Kentucky Power
ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ)- As part of a continued effort to improve customer service and reliability, Kentucky Power has re-cleared 9,600 miles of right-of-way.
Significant progress has been made in removing vegetation from within right-of-ways that the number of customer outages due to vines or trees inside right-of-ways has dropped by 61 percent since 2011, which has taken customer outages from 72,076 in 2011 to 28,713 in 2017.
Kentucky Power will complete the first phase of its effort to move to a five-year trimming cycle this year.
The goal of 2018 is to complete parts of the plan while also pursueing widening opportunities, dead tree abatement, and removal of overhanging branches,
Before 2010, Kentucky Power cleared vegetation on a performance-based approach and cleared lines showing poor reliability were scheduled for clearing based on frequency of customer outages and the conditions of the rights-of-way.
Kentucky Power trimmed approximately 573,500 trees, removed 1.9 million trees, cut 17,300 acres of brush, and sprayed 19,200 acres of brush in the five months before completion of the initial trim.
Kentucky Power has shifted its program from a 4-year cycle to a 5-year cycle to offset some of the additional expenses, so they won’t lose ground on existing improvements.
The first 5-year cycle will begin in January 2019.