This Arbor Day, FPL Reminds Customers to Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place
Customers can help reduce power outages and flickers to maintain reliable electric service.
JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Tree branches and palm fronds are among the most common causes of power outages and flickers. That’s why Floridians should recognize National Arbor Day on April 27 by following Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL’s) “Right Tree, Right Place ” tips.
“FPL is committed to providing reliable electric service every day,” said Eli Viamontes, FPL’s manager of vegetation management. “By making informed landscaping choices, FPL customers can help maintain safe, reliable electric service for their families and neighbors. Arbor Day is a good reminder for our customers to think carefully when they plant any trees or bushes.”
“Right Tree, Right Place ” Tips:
It is especially important that FPL customers keep these tips in mind as storm season approaches. Even a minor storm can damage trees and other vegetation, resulting in outages if they’re not planted in the right place.
“FPL delivered more than 99.98 percent service reliability to its customers in 2011,” Viamontes added. “While no utility’s service can be 100 percent interruption-free, we’re working every day to strengthen reliability. In 2011, FPL cleared vegetation from more than 17,000 miles of power lines. We plan to trim approximately that amount again this year as part of our comprehensive plan to improve the electric infrastructure.”
A long-time supporter of preserving, protecting and enhancing the environment, FPL has been designated a “Tree Line USA ” utility for 10 consecutive years by The National Arbor Day Foundation. The Foundation sponsors the program in cooperation with state foresters in recognition of utilities that meet the requirements of quality tree care practices, annual worker training, tree planting and public education programs.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida and serves the third largest number of customers of any electric utility in the United States . FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees as of year-end 2011. During the five year period ended December 31, 2011, the company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com