OUC Named Tree Line USA Utility For 20th Year in a Row

Feb 05, 2019

The Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes OUC’s Commitment to Orlando

Arbor Day TreesORLANDO
– OUC—The Reliable One has, once again, been recognized by The Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care of the City of Orlando’s impressive tree canopy. The utility’s efforts help maintain affordable rates and record reliability by protecting existing electric infrastructure.

The 2019 Tree Line USA designation also recognizes OUC’s commitment to helping customers plant the right tree in the right place as part of its comprehensive vegetation management program.

“We are committed to providing safe and reliable electricity while maintaining the health of our community forest,” said Erin Givens, OUC Vegetation Management Specialist. “Teaching our customers how and where to plant trees not only promotes healthy vegetation but also protects our equipment at the same time.”

OUC has achieved and kept its Tree Line USA status by meeting five stringent standards including maintaining quality tree care, providing annual employee training for best tree-care practices, sponsoring tree plantings and public education programs and participating in an Arbor Day celebration.

On January 21, OUC partnered with the City of Orlando for the Plant Seedlings for Civil Rights event and sponsored a tree giveaway at the Northwest Community Center. The utility distributed more than 120 (3-5 gallon) fruit and canopy trees. The trees’ maximum height is less than 15 feet, which is utility-line friendly, and they also provide an annual harvest each year for customers. More information about OUC’s customer-education programs is available here.

About the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The
Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 400,000 customer accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.