This is the biennial review of the vegetation management practices of the electric distribution companies, which PURA is required to submit to the General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee, pursuant to Section 16-32k, C.G.S. Numerous comments were submitted to this docket, including by GCNH, objecting to the use of Targeted Risk Management (TRM) by United Illuminating. The issues raised were deferred to consideration in Docket No. 18-12-25. The report's primary focus is on an examination of vegetation management processes and practices for distribution lines. It also covers vegetation management on transmission line rights-of-ways, which are typically governed by private easements on the property granted to the utlility for maintenance.
With regard to vegetation management on distribution lines, the report concluded: "Data on property owner responses to proposed EDC VM [vegetation management] work in 2018 shows 92.7% of CL&P’s customers consenting to the proposed VM work, 4.7% modifying the proposed work and 1.9% objecting entirely to the work. Similarly, data on property owner response to UI proposed VM work is positive and indicated that 88% of UI customers consent to proposed VM work, 10.6% modifying the proposed work and 1.2% objecting entirely to the work." For more detailed information, consult the decision.