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Atlantic City Electric Extends Free Tree Program for Customers

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

MAYS LANDING, N.J. – Atlantic City Electric has extended the sign-up period for customers who would like to receive free trees through “Energy-Saving Trees,” an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting. Customers reserved about 1,200 trees in the last few weeks, so there are approximately 1,800 trees remaining to be given away.

Atlantic City Electric customers can reserve their free trees at arborday.org/Atlantictrees, through Wednesday, Nov. 21. An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Customers can reserve up to two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: Washington hawthorn, white dogwood, bald cypress, American beech, hackberry, river birch and sugar maple.

The two-to-four foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.

“This program benefits the environment and can help customers save money on their energy bills,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric Region President.

The “Energy-Saving Trees” online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the trees’ other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.

Many scientists say that within 20 years the 3,000 mature trees will result in more than $500,000 in energy savings.

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Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 540,000 customers in southern New Jersey.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member non-profit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information about the Foundation and its conservation programs can be found at www.arborday.org.