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NEWARK, DE (April 5, 2022) – Delmarva Power has provided more than 12,000 trees for planting in customers' yards during the past decade, thanks to a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Including the trees that will be distributed as part of this year's program, Delmarva Power and its sister Exelon utilities – Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, PECO and Pepco – will have collectively provided customers more than 125,000 trees for planting, which provide direct environmental and energy efficiency benefits.
Trees are distributed through the Arbor Day Foundation's Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps energy service providers offer free trees to their customers. The trees distributed through 2021 by the Exelon utilities are expected to absorb 1.6 million pounds of air pollutants, sequester more than 479 million pounds of carbon, save more than 185 million kilowatts of energy and provide more than $57 million in combined energy and community benefits.
"Delmarva Power is honored to celebrate more than 10 years of partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation," said Doug Mokoid, Delmarva Power region president. "The Energy-Saving Trees program provides important environmental and costs saving benefits for our customers Delaware and Maryland, while enhancing the natural beauty of homes and neighborhoods."
"Companies and service providers who take part in Energy Saving Trees truly understand the value trees have in a community," said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "We're so thrilled to have a longstanding partnership with a utility service provider like Delmarva Power. The Arbor Day Foundation is proud to be a part of Delmarva's climate action plan and is fortunate to continue planting trees with them over the years to come."
This year, Delmarva Power is providing 900 trees to residential customers. Customers can choose from several species, including Baldcypress, River Birch, Eastern Redbud, Red Maple, and White Dogwood. The one-gallon trees will be delivered via mail by the end of May. To reserve a tree, visit arborday.org/Delmarva or call 855-670-2772. Before planting a tree, Delmarva Power reminds customers to know what's below and call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging.
Delmarva Power has also been a Tree Line USA member for the last 15 years. Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters that recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing best practices that protect and cultivate America's urban tree canopy. Delmarva Power aims to be a sustainable utility service provider in the Delaware and Maryland area by combating climate change and building community resilience.
Learn more about urban planting work done by the Arbor Day Foundation here: www.arborday.org
About Delmarva Power
Delmarva Power is a unit of Exelon (Nasdaq: EXC), a Fortune 200 company and the nation's largest utility company, serving more than 10 million customers. Delmarva Power provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 541,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 138,000 natural gas customers in northern Delaware.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, almost 500 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival.
As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.