AKRON, Ohio, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), on behalf of its 10 utility companies, was recognized as a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation in a ceremony held recently in Mentor, Ohio. This marks the fourteenth year that FirstEnergy received the designation.
"Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Service providers like FirstEnergy utilities show that taking care of urban trees is good for business, for customers and for the community."
Award-winning companies must meet five program standards, demonstrating excellence in: tree care, employee "best practices" training, public education on appropriate plantings, a tree-based energy conservation program and Arbor Day events.
"Our goal is to deliver safe and reliable electricity to our customers while honoring our commitment to maintaining natural beauty in the communities we serve," said William Boyd, director of vegetation management at FirstEnergy. "This award is a reflection of achieving that goal."
In addition to enhancing service reliability and natural beauty, FirstEnergy's investment in vegetation management programs also is designed to help ensure the public safety and the safety of utility line crews, especially during storms and other hazardous conditions.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems. Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of nearly 23,000 megawatts.
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.
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