KUB credits tree-trimming program for lack of power outages

KUB credits tree-trimming program for lack of power outages


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Utilities Board is crediting its Vegetation Management Program for keeping the number of power outages during the snow low.

The program prunes trees across KUB's 688 square mile electric service area on a three- to four-year cycle.

As of noon Thursday, only 643 customers were without power and KUB doesn't expect significant issues with its system.

"We are very pleased with the performance of our electric system and attribute the low outages to the impact our Vegetation Management program has had on the system," said KUB
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Elmore. "Snow storms like this, which
weigh down trees and branches, can have a significant impact on lines where there isn't
adequate clearance."

As a result of the low number of outages related to this winter storm, KUB is releasing crews
later Thursday to help support restoration efforts in areas where outages have been more severe. KUB says it remains ready to address outages on its system should conditions change.

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