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Mid-American Repairing Power Lines


As the power comes back on, Mid-American Energy reports its daily progress to state regulators.

That's not the only time the company is required to tell Iowa and Illinois how its doing.

It also files reliability reports every year explaining what the utility has done and whether it can do more to keep your lights on.

Mid-American reports every outage to both Iowa and Illinois, explaining the cause, the average time the lights were out, and if it's undertaking any projects to improve its reliability.

Storm and tree outages are common outage problems.

Mid-American spends millions each year trimming trees and maintaining its electrical system.

It's most recent Iowa report shows the company spent $19 million on tree trimming alone, and it says in its report to Iowa that it maintains a reliable electrical network.

It does inspect its lines, some more often than others.

The company was inspecting one transmission line just last week, yet a homeowner in Davenport called the company worried her tree was going to fall on it.

She says the company said it was fine and then this latest storm ended up knocking part of the tree down.

"I definitely think they could have done more here, I can't speak for all the rest of their activities but I know this could have been avoided," says Corina Nesbitt.

There is no way to prevent all power outages from occurring, and the company's reports show the number of tree outages is falling.

Illinois power officials have raised some concerns though.

The last report the state issued questioned Mid-American's 2010 update.

The state said it could do more to control plants growing on its network.

We reached out to Mid-American with some questions, but the forestry experts were tied up Tuesday trying to restore power to the Quad Cities.

Mid-American energy says it patrols its large scale electric towers each year for any issues with plants.

It checks the power lines in neighborhoods less frequently, although it completed 475 tree maintenance projects in Iowa last year.

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