- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy says more than 700 workers are clearing trees away from electric lines for the utility across Michigan as part of an effort to improve service.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says Monday that it spent more than $40 million on forestry statewide last year. An aim is to improve safety and reliability of its electrical service, since fallen branches and limbs are a major source of power outages.

Consumers Energy communicates tree-trimming plans in advance of the work. The company also promotes the Arbor Day Foundation’s “The Right Tree in the Right Place” campaign, which aims to build awareness of planting proper trees near electric lines.




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