JUNO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dozens of employees from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) donated their time today to help plant 500 seedlings in an endangered pine rockland area at Camp Matecumbe in Miami. FPL contributed $5,000 to Million Trees Miami to make the planting possible.
"FPL is proud to support Million Trees Miami grow a healthy urban forest by planting the right trees in the right place," said Aletha Player, external affairs manager for FPL. "Responsible planting helps ensure we can continue to deliver safe, reliable electric service to our customers. It's also part of our continued commitment to make Florida an even better place to raise a family and do business."
"It is investments like FPL's $5,000 donation to Million Trees Miami that will help us achieve our goal of a 30 percent tree canopy in Miami-Dade," said Miami Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Chairman of Neat Streets Miami. "We appreciate their support and hope it serves as a model for future corporate greening partnerships."
"We are thrilled with FPL's commitment to planting trees in District 11—by helping restore Camp Matecumbe's Pineland Reserve, we are making this park a beautiful respite for all to enjoy," said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan Zapata.
Vegetation is a leading cause of power outages and flickers, which is why FPL proactively trims 15,000 miles of vegetation near power lines each year to help maintain reliable service to its customers. By selecting the right tree and planting it in the right place at a safe distance from power lines, customers can help reduce power outages and flickers in their neighborhoods.
FPL also reminds its customers to make a free call to 811 at least two full business days before digging to identify underground utility lines and prevent outages, injuries, environmental contamination and potential fines.
FPL is proud to support Million Trees Miami's mission of planting one million trees by 2020 to grow a healthy urban forest with 30 percent tree canopy coverage for Miami-Dade County.
To learn more about how to plant the right tree in the right place, visit www.fpl.com/trees.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving approximately 4.8 million customer accounts across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2014, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the fifth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2015 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,700 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, including being ranked in the top 10 worldwide for innovativeness and community responsibility as part of Fortune's 2015 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.
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