BALTIMORE, March 15, 2002 — BGE was recently selected as a Tree Line USA Utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree Line USA program promotes the dual goals of dependable electric service and abundant, healthy trees in America’s communities.
“We are proud and excited to be selected for this honor,” said Kenneth W. DeFontes, BGE Vice President, Electric Transmission & Distribution. “We strive to maintain a delicate balance of providing safe, reliable electric service while respecting the natural beauty trees provide our neighborhoods and byways.”
“We take aesthetics into consideration when enhancing service safety and reliability and always strive to follow accepted pruning standards to maintain the health of the more than two million trees that we must address across our system. We take this responsibility very seriously and maintain a committed staff of licensed foresters to monitor the vegetation management operation,” continued DeFontes.
There are three requirements a utility must meet to become a Tree Line USA Utility. First, it must provide quality tree care including formally adopting approved pruning, trenching and tunneling methods on or around trees. Second, it must provide annual training for employees and contract workers who conduct pruning work for the company. And third, it must sponsor an ongoing community tree-planting program.
“The commitment of the Tree Line USA utilities to protect community trees while providing reliable service not only helps to provide beautiful trees for the future, but also results in long-term operational savings for the utility,” said The National Arbor Day Foundation’s President John Rosenow.
Last year, BGE foresters and volunteers planted more than 300 trees during several events throughout Central Maryland and educated countless homeowners on the importance of planting trees a safe distance from utility lines.
About Constellation Energy Group
Constellation Energy Group, based in Baltimore, owns energy- related businesses, including a North American wholesale power marketing and merchant generation business and the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), a regulated energy delivery company in Central Maryland.
BGE provides service to more than 1.1 million electric customers and approximately 600,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. At year-end 2001, Constellation Energy Group reported revenues of $3.9 billion and assets of $13.7 billion.