BGE’s commitment to electricity reliability goes beyond maintaining the poles and lines themselves—it extends to the trees surrounding more than 10,500 miles of overhead power lines. Our Tree and Vegetation Management Program includes pruning and removing trees that may cause electric outages, as well as managing the vegetation above our underground natural gas transmission pipeline network. All of this attention to trees enables us to perform regular aerial and ground surveys, and has reduced tree-related power interruptions by more than 35% where tree branches have been cut back from the lines.
BGE’s Tree and Vegetation Management Program helps provide safe and reliable electric service to you and your neighbors. Throughout the year, we are committed to pruning and removing trees that may cause electric outages along more than 10,500 miles of overhead power lines. We also manage the vegetation along our underground natural gas transmission pipeline network to enable regular aerial and ground surveys, and provide access for ongoing maintenance and inspections.
Now, BGE will further enhance our tree and vegetation management efforts by implementing the requirements proposed by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC).
For more than a year, the PSC has been developing regulations as required by the 2011 Maryland Electricity Service Quality and Reliability Act to govern how Maryland utilities manage their reliability efforts. As a result, new regulations - called RM43 - were developed through a partnership with BGE, other Maryland utilities, key stakeholders and the PSC. These new regulations will improve electric reliability through the increased management of trees and vegetation near power lines. Visit Pruning Standards
or check out the common questions
to learn more about these PSC requirements.