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Pepco Tree-Trimming, Vegetation Removal Raise Service Reliability to All-Time High

Pepco’s tree-trimming and vegetation removal along its approximately 1,330 miles of aerial power lines has helped reach a record level of service reliability for its more than 894,000 customers in the D.C. region, the electric utility company said Tuesday.

As part of Pepco’s vegetation management program, the company performs routine vegetation management on a four-year cycle in Maryland and a two-year cycle in D.C., adhering to each respective Public Service Commission’s specifications.

Such measures have resulted in the lowest frequency of electric outages ever in 2020, Pepco said, adding that system upgrades and new technology have helped reduce the frequency of outages by 68% over the past decade.

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.

Pepco is also installing specialized equipment that can automatically restore service or isolate damage, leading to faster restoration, the company said.

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