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Electric service for customers of PPL Electric Utilities is getting more reliable as the company installs new equipment and trims more trees around power lines, a utility executive said Monday.

The number of power outages and the length of outages declined significantly during 2013, according to a news release attributed to Gregory N. Dudkin, the utility’s president.

During 2013, the number of power outages was down by 9 percent compared to the average of the previous three years. The average duration of power outages was down by 11 percent by the same comparison. Tree-related power outages declined by 43 percent in 2013, thanks to stepped-up tree trimming and removal, he said.

This year, PPL Electric Utilities crews will complete the following projects to improve service to customers:

• Installing a new line and terminal out of the Blytheburn substation south of Wilkes-Barre to meet growing demand for electricity and to provide reliability benefits for more than 7,300 customers in Dorrance, Rice and Wright townships.

• Installing a second circuit to the existing Jenkins-Stanton single circuit transmission line, creating 8.5 miles of new double circuit line to improve service for 60,600 customers.

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