SDG&E Celebrates Arbor Day With "Right Tree, Right Place" Program
SDG&E Offers Customers Free Tree Removal and Replacement of Trees that are too
Close to Power Lines
SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2013
SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In advance of Arbor Day, San Diego
Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is reminding customers to plant the "Right Tree" in the
"Right Place." SDG&E recommends selecting trees that are compatible with
overhead power lines, and to call Underground Service Alert at 8-1-1 to mark
out underground utility lines before planting.
The "Right Tree, Right Place" program also offers customers a free tree
removal and replacement for incompatible trees that are currently being pruned
under the electrical high voltage lines.
"At SDG&E our highly skilled vegetation management teams monitor more than
425,000 trees each year to look for any vegetation that may pose a potential
hazard or reliability concern," said David L. Geier, vice president of
electric operations for SDG&E. "Our vegetation management efforts are working.
In 2012, SDG&E customers experienced the fewest number of tree-related outages
since records were kept."
For 10 consecutive years, SDG&E has been recognized as a Tree Line USA®
Utility. This program recognizes public and private utilities throughout the
nation that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America's urban
forests. Qualification for the certification includes industry standard
quality tree care, annual worker training, and tree planting and public
As part of SDG&E's commitment to proper tree care and public education, SDG&E
is participating in several Arbor Day events around the county, including:
oFriends of Balboa Park, Tree Celebration: 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 26,
2013 at Balboa Park (Quince Street, between Balboa Dr. & 6th Ave.)
oCarlsbad Arbor Day Celebration: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27,
2013 at Calavera Hills Community Park
oSanTree Fest: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Town Center
Community Park East
Customers can call (800) 411-SDGE or visit sdge.com/safety to learn more about
the "Right Tree, Right Place" program.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy
service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more
than 860,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The
utility's area spans 4,100 square miles.SDG&E is committed to creating ways
to help customers save energy and money every day.SDG&E is a subsidiary of
Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based
in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E's Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343,
on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.
SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric
Contact: Amber Albrecht, San Diego Gas & Electric, (877) 866-2066,
www.sdge.com, Twitter: @sdge
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