NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwire) — 03/04/09 — Con Edison has been named a “Tree Line USAUtility” for the first time by the Arbor Day Foundation and the NationalAssociation of State Foresters in recognition of its ongoing tree trimmingefforts to improve electric reliability. The award spotlights the company’scare and maintenance for trees within New York City and Westchester Countyalong with its commitment to public education programs, all while meetingservice objectives.
“We are delighted to receive this recognition. It signifies our continuingcommitment to promoting, protecting and enhancing our urban forests,” saidLouis L. Rana, president of Con Edison. “Regular maintenance and naturalpruning of trees improves electric reliability, and the trees in ourservice area will be with us to beautify our neighborhoods for years tocome.”
Con Edison trims trees along distribution and transmission power lines tomaintain safe and reliable service. Overgrown and fallen tree limbs are theleading cause of power outages during storms. The company’s treemaintenance program helps ensure safe, reliable service, carefully trimmingbranches that may interfere with power lines.
The company also reinforces its dedication to preserving community treesthough public education efforts, which advise customers on which plantspecies are appropriate to plant near utility lines.
“Across America, people are recognizing and celebrating how vital trees areto our cities and towns,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the ArborDay Foundation. “Trees help reduce peak demand by conserving energy. Theyalso clean air and water, increase property value, and make our homes morecomfortable, livable places.”