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DELMARVA POWER DONATES CALENDAR MONEY TO THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

 DELMARVA POWER DONATES CALENDAR MONEY TO THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
 WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Delmarva Power (NYSE: DEW) today donated $22,600 to The Nature Conservancy, an international nature preserve and wildlife protection organization that has been in operation for more than 40 years.
 During that time, the conservancy has protected more than 5.5 million acres and owns and manages more than 1,600 preserves, representing the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world. This total includes the protection of almost 25,000 acres and the ownership and management of 20 preserves on the Delmarva Peninsula.
 The money, which is the proceeds from the recent sales of Delmarva power's 1992 "Serving & Conserving Delmarva" calendar, will be distributed to The Nature Conservancy offices in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia ($13,560 to Delaware, $6,780 to Maryland and $2,260 to Virginia). Eleven thousand three hundred calendars were sold, with purchases being made by residents of 28 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
 "The Nature Conservancy does and excellent job ensuring the preservation of endangered plants and protecting wildlife in environmentally sensitive areas," said Nev Curtis, Delmarva Power chief executive officer. "Delmarva Power is proud to donate this money as part of the company's 'Serving & Conserving Delmarva' environmental stewardship program." That particular program officially began in October of 1990 when Delmarva Power donated 340 acres of ecologically valuable tidal wetlands at Port Mahon, Del., to The Nature Conservancy.
 "Delmarva Power's donation of its calendar proceeds to The Nature Conservancy is deeply appreciated," said John Sawhill, president of The Nature Conservancy and former high-ranking energy official in the Carter, Ford and Nixon administrations. "This project was beneficial to the conservancy, Delmarva Power and the people who purchased calendars."
 The calendar, printed on recycled paper, is filled with scenic pictures of the Delmarva Peninsula, useful energy-saving advice, and information about helpful Delmarva Power programs. This project is just one of several environmentally beneficial activities organized by Delmarva Power in 1991. For example:
 -- The company encouraged the public to use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and water heater blankets by offering the opportunity to win these products. Three thousand bulbs, showerheads and blankets were awarded. The light bulb contest was especially popular, with 40,000 people submitting entries.
 -- The company donated power plant coal ash to use in the construction of a "musical playground" at a school in Hockessin, Del.
 -- The company started a one-year pilot program on March 25 to use and evaluate compressed natural gas vehicles. Results from the program are still being analyzed.
 -- The company co-sponsorsed the fifth annual cleanup of Delaware's beaches. Two thousand eight hundred volunteers collected 19 tons of trash along 90 miles of coastline.
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 /CONTACT: Wallace C. Judd Jr. of Delmarva Power, 302-429-3595/
 (DEW) CO: Delmarva Power and Light Company; The Nature Conservancy ST: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia IN: UTI SU:


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