Atlantic City Electric’s vegetation management crews are trained in proper arboriculture techniques and practices as defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 standard. This standard takes into account the type and location of the tree, its relationship to overhead equipment and the general condition of the tree. When pruning trees to clear overhead equipment, Atlantic City Electric uses directional pruning techniques whenever possible to steer tree growth away from equipment while preserving vegetation health.
Atlantic City Electric’s vegetation management program is part of the comprehensive preventive maintenance work the company does each year to proactively review its system and fix potential problems before they occur. This work includes inspecting the existing infrastructure, installing new, more modern power systems, and installing stronger, tree-proof aerial cables. The company also installs innovative technology to improve system reliability, such as special devices that can automatically restore service or isolate damage, resulting in faster recovery.
As a result of this work, Atlantic City Electric customers across South Jersey experienced the lowest power outage frequency ever in 2020, a result of Atlantic City Electric’s ongoing efforts to modernize their local power grid. The frequency of power outages decreased by around 7 percent from the previous low in 2017. Over the past decade, power system upgrades and new innovative technologies have reduced the frequency of blackouts for Atlantic City Electric customers and communities by 53 percent.