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PPL Chamber awards 2PPL Electric Utilities received the 2017 Green Business of the Year award from the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and award sponsor George J. Hayden, Inc. during the Chamber’s annual Business and Community Awards Luncheon on October 26.

Hayden Electric President George F. Hayden presented the award to Florie McNelis, regulatory programs specialist for PPL.

“As a past recipient of the Green Business of the Year award, Hayden Electric is proud to sponsor this award each year and recognize those companies in Greater Hazleton who work diligently to increase their sustainability efforts,” Hayden said.

PPL Electric Utilities has undertaken a variety of “green” programs as part of its overall effort to operate in an environmentally sensitive fashion. The company owns 15 hybrid electric Chevrolet Volt vehicles as part of its fleet and is in the process of adopting electric-powered bucket truck lifts throughout its fleet of service trucks.

Last year, PPL worked with a contractor to adopt a new program for reuse of old utility poles and other wood waste that used to be disposed of in landfills. They expect to keep at least 1,600 tons of wood waste out of landfills every year and save the company $100,000 a year. The company also has a recycling programs in place at all of its offices throughout its service territory.

Additionally, PPL has partnered with the PA Game Commission and Department of Conservation & Natural Resources to create several nesting spots for ospreys. These once-threatened birds sometimes choose to nest on high-voltage transmissions towers. PPL has created nearby places for them to nest and stay safe. This fall, the company is also introducing a program called Community Roots, which will provide tree seedlings for free to fourth-grade classes and key community groups for them to plant to help beautify the area.

PPL is committed to providing energy efficiency programs and rebates to help its 1.4 million customers save energy and money. Over the past seven and a half years, their customers have saved more than 2 billion kilowatt-hours of energy per year and almost $300 million each year by participating in these programs.