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AUGUST WEATHER SPURS DETROIT EDISON SALES

 DETROIT, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Bolstered by high temperatures and humidity, Detroit Edison's (NYSE: DTE) electricity sales in southeastern Michigan jumped 17.4 percent in August, compared with the same period a year ago.
 System sales of 4.18 billion kilowatthours (kWh) were recorded last month, compared with 3.6 billion kWh in August 1992 during an unseasonably cool summer.
 An all-time hourly peak demand of 9.3 million kilowatts (kW) was set Aug. 27 as temperatures soared into the 90s. It broke the old record of 9.1 million kW set Aug. 2, 1988.
 Heavy air conditioning use last month boosted residential sales 38 percent to 1.3 billion kWh compared with year-ago levels.
 August sales to commercial customers, also affected by the heat, rose 22.2 percent from last year to 907.8 million kWh, while industrial sales rose 4.8 percent to 1.8 billion kWh.
 Total sales for the month -- including sales to other utilities -- increased 14.9 percent to 4.5 billion kWh compared with the same month last year.
 Year-to-date through August, the company's sales in southeastern Michigan were up 6.9 percent from the first eight months of 1992 -- 29 billion kWh in 1993 compared with 27.1 billion kWh last year.
 Total sales for the period were 31.1 billion kWh, up 5.7 percent from 29.4 billion kWh during the first eight months of 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Scott L. Simons, 313-237-8808, or Lorie N. Kessler, 313-237-8807, both of Detroit Edison/
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