Delmarva Power provides 900 trees to residential customers
NEWARK – This year, Delmarva Power is providing 900 trees to residential customers. Customers can choose from several species, including Baldcypress, River Birch, Eastern Redbud, Red Maple, and White Dogwood. The one-gallon trees will be delivered via mail by the end of May. To reserve a tree, visit arborday.org/Delmarva or call 855-670-2772. Before planting a tree, Delmarva Power reminds customers to know what’s below and call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging.
Delmarva Power has provided more than 12,000 trees for planting in customers’ yards during the past decade, thanks to a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Including the trees that will be distributed as part of this year’s program, Delmarva Power and its sister Exelon utilities – Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, PECO and Pepco – will have collectively provided customers with more than 125,000 trees for planting, which provide direct environmental and energy efficiency benefits.
Trees are distributed through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program to help energy service providers offer free trees to their customers. The trees distributed through 2021 by the Exelon utilities are expected to absorb 1.6 million pounds of air pollutants, sequester more than 479 million pounds of carbon, save more than 185 million kilowatts of energy, and provide more than $57 million in combined energy and community benefits.
“Delmarva Power is honored to celebrate more than 10 years of partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Doug Mokoid, Delmarva Power region president. “The Energy-Saving Trees program provides important environmental and costs saving benefits for our customers in Delaware and Maryland, while enhancing the natural beauty of homes and neighborhoods.”
“Companies and service providers who take part in Energy Saving Trees truly understand the value trees have in a community,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We’re so thrilled to have a longstanding partnership with a utility service provider like Delmarva Power. The Arbor Day Foundation is proud to be a part of Delmarva’s climate action plan and is fortunate to continue planting trees with them over the years to come.”
Delmarva Power has also been a Tree Line USA member for the last 15 years. Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters that recognizes public and private utilities for pursuing best practices that protect and cultivate America’s urban tree canopy. Delmarva Power aims to be a sustainable utility service provider in the Delaware and Maryland area by combatting climate change and building community resilience.
Learn more about urban planting work done by the Arbor Day Foundation here: www.arborday.org