United Illuminating backs off tree-trimming plan


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) – The United Illuminating Co. is putting its proposed tree-trimming plan in southwestern Connecticut on hold, after customers said they were worried about too many trees being cut down and the character of neighborhoods being destroyed.

Officials with the utility say the concerns led them to rethink the plan and discuss alternatives that could reduce the number of trees the company cuts down near power lines to reduce the threat of outages and improve public safety.

The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority had planned to review tree-trimming plans by all utilities in the state on Wednesday, but delayed the discussion so it can hold technical meetings requested by United Illuminating officials in response to customers’ concerns.

United Illuminating serves 325,000 customers in the Bridgeport and New Haven areas.

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