Power company improves tree-related outage record

COLCHESTER Green Mountain Power's customers experienced fewer outages in 2007 than in recent years, exceeding standards set by Vermont regulators, according to an internal study. An analysis of the causes of all the outages in Green Mountain Power's system during 2007 shows that outages caused by tree branches within the rights-of-way were at the lowest point in five years. Although trees caused the most outages in 2007, other significant causes were equipment failure, other weather events and animals. Upgrades to the system and response to the outages meant that the total amount of time customers were out due to tree branches within the rights-of-way was well below previous years.

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