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EnerStar concludes first-ever aerial tree trimming project

In a continued effort to improve system reliability, EnerStar recently concluded a vegetation management practice with a technique that is new to us. The co-op contracted Aerial Solutions, Inc. (ASI), and their services helped us reach heights previously unattainable with the co-op’s equipment. 

ASI trimmed trees in challenging areas from above, utilizing an aerial power saw suspended from a helicopter. The equipment is capable of efficiently cutting vegetation along and above the power lines.

Key areas targeted in the EnerStar service territory included southern Edgar County and northern Clark County. According to EnerStar CEO Brent Reyher, “The EnerStar and ASI crews worked extremely well together, making notable progress across all of the targeted trimming areas with only minimal outages. We appreciate the member’s patience as we worked through this for the first time.”

Reyher went on to say, “Having the vegetation removed from areas that we could not easily reach with our existing equipment should yield benefits for a number of years. Given that this was such a positive experience, we are now evaluating how best to utilize the aerial saw as an on-going complement to our in-house vegetation efforts.”

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