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PG&E Provides Tips on Planting the "Right Tree, in the Right Place" This Arbor Day

Release Date: April 12, 2010
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

As the nation prepares to celebrate Arbor Day on April 30, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds customers to plant the "right tree, in the right place." Even trees that are small when planted may grow to heights that can interfere with overhead power lines and lead to outages.

The benefits of planting trees are abundant: they keep homes cool by providing shade, enhance property values and clean the air. If the right tree is not planted in the right place, however, it can cause public safety issues and power outages. In fact, more than 90 percent of tree-caused outages come from healthy trees and branches that fall or grow into power lines.

During this traditional tree planter's holiday, PG&E offers the following tips for planting trees, especially if they are near high-voltage power lines:

• Only plant a tree under distribution lines if it will grow to less than 25 feet at maturity (this information is available at your local nursery).

• When planting near transmission lines, only use low-growing plants.

• Call 811 at least two days before planting trees or landscaping, to have underground power lines and other utilities marked.

• Keep all trees, equipment and people at least 10 feet away from high-voltage electric power lines.

• PG&E should be notified if a tree grows closer than 10 feet to a power line. Call 1-800-PGE-5000.

For a free copy of PG&E's "A Selection and Planting Guide to Small Trees Near Distribution Lines," email the request to: RightTreeRightPlace@pge.com. There is one for each of the tree climate zones within our service area, including Northern California, Central California and Bay Area/Inland.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/.

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