Tree Trimming & Reliability
Appalachian Power is implementing a new, more effective method of tree trimming and vegetation management known as cycle trimming. With cycle trimming, all power line rights of way are trimmed or treated on a four-year cycle. The new method was approved by the West Virginia Public Service Commission in mid-2014, and a pilot program is underway in Virginia.
While cycle trimming will not protect against outages in major events, it will result in more reliable electric service overall. Routine outages will be reduced because branches and other vegetation will not come in contact as often with equipment, such as fuses, reclosers and breakers. Improved access to lines and equipment will make restoration faster and easier. Plus, more frequent removal of weakened “danger” trees will reduce broken pole outages, which take longer to repair.
To learn more about Appalachian Power's rights of way maintenance, see
Understanding Line Clearing Efforts
Transmission Right of Way Clearing and Maintenance
And to learn how you can play an important part by planting the right tree in the right place, review our landscaping information.