Thursday, July 31, 2008

Xcel "Smart Grid" Comes to Town

Our power company is in the process of installing a new energy tracking system that is going to allow us to notice our energy usage as we go throughout the month and adjust it.
I think that's the plan, at least.

To do that, they had to make sure all the utility lines are clear of tree branches that have invaded the right of way over the years. Tree trimmers from all over the company are in town chopping and sawing and chipping the mulch to make way for the new system. Asplundh trimmed ours and did a good job.

Just up the street, these people weren't so lucky with the contractors. I actually did a double take when I saw this and had to turn around to get a picture. This heart of this tree is gone! There used to be a trunk right about where that telephone pole it. Wouldn't it have been better to just chop it down? With our hurricane-force winter winds, this poor thing doesn't have a chance. Arggh.