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.
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. 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.