Entergy Corporation is a 2013 Tree Line USA utility for the eighth year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.
Tree Line USA is a national program recognizing public and private utilities for pursuing practices that protect and enhance America's urban trees. A partnership between the Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, Tree Line USA promotes the dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community forests.
'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 Entergy Corporation show that taking care of urban trees is good for business, for customers and for the broader community.'
Brent Davis, Entergy manager of transmission and distribution vegetation management, explained, 'Shade from trees helps customers conserve energy, which also helps Entergy reduce demand on Entergy's resources and facilities. Our employees are constantly implementing vegetation management best practices, while educating customers on proper management of trees around power lines. This helps the company ensure the kind of reliable service our customers count on.'
Entergy Corporation achieved the designation by meeting the five program standards for Tree Line USA. Utilities must follow industry standards for quality tree care, provide annual training for employees in best tree-care practices, sponsor a tree-planting and public education program, maintain a tree-based energy conservation program, and participate in an Arbor Day celebration.
More information about Tree Line USA is available at arborday.org/TreeLineUSA.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter or our blog.
Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
SOURCE Entergy Corporation