Lehigh Valley

PPL says power outages are down

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - PPL Electric Utilities says new equipment and additional tree trimming resulted in a decrease in power outages in 2013.

Gregory N. Dudkin, president of PPL Electric Utilities, said the number of power outages was down by 9 percent in 2013, compared to the average of the previous three years. The average duration of power outages was down by 11 percent by the same comparison.

Dudkin also said that tree-related outages had declined 43 percent in 2013, the result of the utility's stepped-up tree trimming and removal.

Trees are the most common cause of power outages during storms, according to Dudkin.

Dudkin said the utility is continuing to make improvements to their system to make their electric service more reliable.

For Lehigh Valley customers, Dudkin said the utility has installed taller, thicker polls in some areas, along with extra tree clearing.

New substations in west Trexlertown, Trumbauersville, and Plainfield Township will also provide increased reliability, Dudkin said.

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