Tree trimming should lessen power outages | Letters | Sept. 17
September 17, 2010 · 2:16 PM
For the past six months, PSE has been working hard trimming trees along 83 miles of its distribution lines to help reduce Bainbridge Island Power outages.
As Heather Brickey, PSE’s project manager said: Since trees cause 87 percent of all outages on the island, it is a key component to the reliability improvements that are important to your entire community.”
You may have seen PSE’s subcontractor, Asplundh, going along BI roads removing dangerous limbs and trees that could possibly fall on power lines. No matter what the weather brings us this fall and winter, power outages should be minimized and less severe than previous years.
Tree limbs falling on distribution lines are the cause of 87 percent of all power failures here over the past six years, as defined by PSE’s customer minutes of outages. This tree trimming should alleviate some of the island’s power outages.
PSE has said that from now on it will be doing this work every four years instead of every six years. We hope this shows a renewed commitment by PSE to reduce outages on the island and make the electrical service more reliable for all islanders by addressing the main reason for the outages.
Thank you PSE for your vegetation management efforts
Bob Gex, president
RAiSE (Reliable and Safe Electricity for Bainbridge Island