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Power Loss Vs. Cutting Trees

 
 
Linkat
 
Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 12:12 pm
Recently the power companies in our area have been getting grief from residents about trimming trees and/or cutting them down. The reason the trees are being trimmed or removed is the potential for trees or limbs to fall on power lines resulting in high costs to repair and power outages. On the flip side residents are complaining as of course a tree-lined street is much more appealing than one without, not to mention the shade and benefits toward the environment of having trees.

However, it does seem some people have short memories – not too long ago we have had long power outages (days or weeks) resulting from storms and trees and limbs falling on power lines. What are the chances that these same people complaining about trimming trees, will be the first to complain when they are unable to watch Jersey Shore? And when the electricity costs increase because of these emergency services will they still love the trees so much?

Is there a compromise?
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 12:33 pm
@Linkat,
I think we should just go ahead and ban trees.

anything that grows more than 12 feet high...
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 12:50 pm
@Linkat,
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Is there a compromise?
I’d vote for the underground installation however pricier. Eventually however with further development of the battery, the exclusively sun-powered home
Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 01:36 pm
@dalehileman,
they did mention about underground wires - but the cost would be huge to do all this and of course it would be a much longer solution. Another thing the electric co. mentioned about underground wiring is due to digging up all the ground it is likely they would have to remove trees as a result.

So if the solution is to move all wires underground, it would still uproot the trees and at an additional higher cost.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 01:38 pm
@Linkat,
ban the trees.

roots and all...

cheap electricity is what's important.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 01:38 pm
@Linkat,
here are a couple of links to the articles:

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/needham/2012/07/needham_and_state_officials_as.html

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/brookline/articles/2012/07/29/brookline_residents_block_nstar_from_cutting_trees_in_chestnut_hill_neighborhood/
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 03:36 pm
@Linkat,
Well, they might think of changing the zoning code for future developements - with older homes grandfathered in.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 2 Aug, 2012 10:47 am
@roger,
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- with older homes grandfathered in.
With increasing pop density this might not be feasible
roger
 
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Reply Thu 2 Aug, 2012 11:53 am
@dalehileman,
I take your point, but what about costs and the disruption of digging up an existing neighborhood. Costs would outweigh any possible benefits for a half century or more.
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