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Puget Sound Energy to Donate Trees to Tree City USA Cities in Recognition of Last Winter's Severe Storm Season and Arbor Day.

Employee Volunteers Involved in Other Tree-Planting Activities This Month

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Puget Sound Energy:
Who: Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a seven-year Tree Line USA award
 recipient, has pledged to donate a tree to every Tree City USA
 city in its service area in recognition of last winter's severe
 storm season and their Arbor Day awards. In addition, PSE, for
 the third consecutive year, is sponsoring the state's Arbor Day
 Poster Contest for fifth-grade pupils, and employee volunteers
 are participating in various community activities in April to
 celebrate Arbor Day and demonstrate the company's long-standing
 commitment to environmental stewardship and neighborhood
 enhancements. As part of its $10 million annual program to prune
 or remove trees along power-line corridors, PSE devotes
 approximately $500,000 each year replanting trees in urban
 areas.

What: Tree-Planting Projects

 Burlington -- (10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 10) PSE, in
 conjunction with the Skagit County Parks and Recreation
 Department, will plant approximately 200 PSE-donated trees and
 shrubs along a public walking trail near the junction of State
 Route 20 and Lafayette Road; a luncheon celebration will follow
 in Maiben Park.

 Olympia -- (1 p.m. Saturday, April 21) PSE will join Olympia
 Mayor Mark Foutch, state Public Lands Commissioner Doug
 Sutherland, South Puget Sound legislators, and others in Arbor
 Day awards ceremonies and tree planting at Sylvester Park.
 During the event, Olympia will receive its 14th Tree City USA
 award from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

 Tree Donations

 All cities in PSE's 11-county service area that are receiving a
 2007 Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation
 will receive a free, plantable tree of their choosing from PSE
 in recognition of last year's severe storm season and their
 Arbor Day award. Steve Reynolds, chairman, president and CEO of
 PSE, is sending letters this month to the mayors to congratulate
 them on being a Tree City USA city and make the tree offer.
 PSE's managers of local government and community relations will
 work with the cities to get the trees in the ground.

 Tree Line USA

 On April 17 in Las Vegas, PSE will receive its seventh
 consecutive Tree Line USA award from the National Arbor Day
 Foundation. Public Lands Commissioner Sutherland will present
 the state Tree Line USA award to PSE on April 21 during the
 Olympia Arbor Day event. The Tree Line USA award recognizes
 PSE's efforts, as a utility, to protect and enhance urban
 forests while ensuring reliable energy service.

 Arbor Day Posters

 For the third consecutive year, PSE is sponsoring Washington
 state's Arbor Day Poster Contest for fifth-grade pupils. Various
 local art museums, including in Bellevue and Olympia, are
 displaying contestants' posters.


About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state's oldest and largest energy utility, with a 6,000-square-mile service territory stretching across 11 counties, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) serves more than 1 million electric customers and 713,000 natural gas customers, primarily in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington. A subsidiary of Puget Energy (NYSE: PSD), PSE meets the energy needs of its growing customer base through incremental, cost-effective energy conservation, low-cost procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in the energy-delivery infrastructure. Visit www.pse.com for more information.
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