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Duke Energy Florida celebrates Arbor Day by gifting 1200 trees


Duke Energy Florida celebrates Arbor Day by gifting 1200 trees
Duke Energy Florida is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation's Energy-Saving Trees program to give away 1,200 free trees in honor of Florida Arbor Day.

Duke Energy customers can request a free tree online at arborday.org/dukeenergy beginning on Florida Arbor Day, January 20, and continuing until all trees are distributed.

The one-gallon trees are delivered to customers' homes, complete with planting and care instructions. They are scheduled to arrive in time for National Arbor Day on April 28, 2023.

Dahoon holly, sweetbay magnolia, baldcypress, crape myrtle (pink), and crape myrtle (green) are among the tree species available (red).

Duke Energy Florida will donate $50,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation to purchase and distribute trees as part of its Energy-Saving Trees program.

“For years, Duke Energy Florida has teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation in giving away nearly 11,000 free trees to customers and communities throughout the state,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president.

“To provide reliable service, it’s important we maintain trees and other vegetation along the lines that deliver electricity to our customers. By planting the right tree in the right place, you are assisting us in providing the safe, reliable service you depend on, while helping to keep the environment healthy and beautiful.”

The Arbor Day Foundation's Energy-Saving Trees and Tree Line USA programs highlight best management practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can coexist for the benefit of communities and citizens. For the past 17 years, Duke Energy Florida has been recognised for its tree management practices.

Please visit Duke Energy's Right Tree Right Place website for more information on planning and planting vegetation around electrical facilities.

Duke Energy’s Florida subsidiary
Duke Energy Florida, a Duke Energy subsidiary, owns 10,300 megawatts of energy capacity and serves 1.9 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in a 13,000-square-mile service area in Florida.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of America's largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky and have a total capacity of 50,000 megawatts. Its natural gas division serves 1.6 million customers in North and South Carolina, as well as Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky. The company has 28,000 employees.

Duke Energy is implementing an aggressive clean energy transition in order to meet its goals of zero methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030 and zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. The company has established interim carbon emission targets of at least 50% reduction from electric generation by 2030, 50% reduction from Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 upstream and downstream emissions by 2035, and 80% reduction from electric generation by 2040. Furthermore, the company is investing in major electric grid improvements and energy storage, as well as researching zero-emission power generation technologies like hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

Duke Energy has been named to Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies" list for 2022, as well as Forbes' "World's Best Employers" list. Duke-energy.com provides additional information. Duke Energy's News Center includes press releases, fact sheets, photos, and videos. The illumination by Duke Energy includes stories about people, innovations, community topics, and environmental issues. Duke Energy can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.