For the eighth year in a row, FirstEnergy, on behalf of its seven electric utility operating companies, has been named 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.

"Our award-winning tree-care program combines the best practices of certified arborists and foresters to keep vegetation away from power lines and other electric equipment," said FirstEnergy Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery and Customer Service, Charles E. Jones. "By following these industry standards and guidelines, we are able to strike a balance between ensuring reliable electric service and maintaining the beauty of the natural surroundings in the communities we serve."

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its electric utility operating companies - Ohio Edison, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Toledo Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, Pennsylvania Power, Metropolitan Edison, and Jersey Central Power & Light - comprise the nation's fifth largest investor-owned electric system. FirstEnergy subsidiaries and affiliates also are involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity, as well as energy management and other energy-related services.