Beaumont, Texas – For most of May and into June, Entergy Texas, Inc. customers in rural Fannett can expect to see contract workers trimming vegetation that could cause problems for their electric service.
The project is expected to begin May 5 and will involve crews doing work manually as well as in bucket trucks. While crews will be in highly visible bucket trucks, customers can also expect to see them using specialized equipment and also working manually to remove vegetation. Drivers in the area are urged to be alert and use caution when nearing work areas.
Work will take place on a power line fed by the Pansy substation located off Burrell-Wingate road southeast of Highway 124. The 47-mile-long power line runs east and west of Fannett on FM 365 and serves more than 1,200 customers.
“Our goal is to keep the lights on for our customers,” said Pam Williams, customer service representative for Beaumont.” A key part of doing that involves having an aggressive vegetation management program. We keep a schedule that ensures all of our power lines receive regular vegetation maintenance. This helps ensure that limbs and other vegetation are cleared away regularly to minimize power interruptions to our customers. When we conduct this cycle of trimming, we also remove hazard trees that may be outside our right of way, but that are in poor condition and close enough to fall into the lines.”
In 2013, Entergy Texas workers trimmed more than 1,900 line miles throughout Southeast Texas. As part of that, Entergy Texas vegetation personnel evaluated hazard trees for possible removal. A hazard tree is any tree with a structural defect, such as being dead or dying, decayed or leaning. Any of these circumstances could cause the tree to fall into overhead power lines.
Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers electricity to more than 420,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.