Consumers Energy says it's increasing its work to keep trees away from electric lines in communities across Michigan.
The Jackson-based utility says about 700 workers are currently in the field trimming or removing trees that come in contact with electric lines. They plan to work along 6,375 miles of lines, enough to travel from the Indiana or Ohio state line to the Mackinac Bridge more than 20 times.
Consumers vice president Mary Palkovich says they're dedicating more resources to forestry this year than in 2013.
Officials have planned ongoing work based on which of its 2,000 electric circuits are most affected by tree-related outages. Work is scheduled depending on what can have the most impact.
Consumers says it will be providing $100,000 in grants this year to help plant more than 390 trees in more than 40 communities, with maximum grants to communities of $2,000.