FirstEnergy Receives Tree Care Award from National Arbor Day Foundation

   FirstEnergy Receives Tree Care Award from National Arbor Day Foundation

PR Newswire

AKRON, Ohio, April 26, 2013

AKRON, Ohio, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --For the fifteenth consecutive
year, FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE), on behalf of its 10 utility companies, has been
recognized as a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation in
cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters. The award
recognizes investor-owned and public utility companies – electric, gas and
water – that promote the dual goals of dependable utility service and
abundant, healthy trees along America's streets and highways. Award-winning
companies demonstrate excellence in tree care, training and public education.

"Because tree contacts typically are one of the biggest causes of customer
power outages, our employees and contractors work hard to strike a balance
between ensuring safe and reliable electric service while maintaining the
natural beauty in the communities we serve," said Steven E. Strah, vice
president, Distribution Support, FirstEnergy. "Our tree-care program combines
the best practices of certified arborists and foresters to keep vegetation
away from power lines and other electric equipment, which helps reduce the
number and severity of service interruptions our customers experience."

"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 FirstEnergy utilities show that taking care of urban
trees is good for business, for customers and for the community."

To achieve the Tree Line USA designation, companies must meetfive program
standards: follow industrycriteria for quality tree care;provide annual
training for employees in best tree-care practices; sponsor tree-planting and
public education programs on appropriate plantings; maintain a tree-based
energy conservation program; and participate in Arbor Day events.

In addition to enhancing service reliability and natural beauty, FirstEnergy's
investment in vegetation management programs also is designed to help ensure
the public safety and the safety of utility line crews, especially during
storms and other hazardous conditions.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability
and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one
of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in
Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Visit
FirstEnergy on the web at, or follow FirstEnergy on
Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.

Contact: Mark Durbin, (330) 761-4365
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