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DELMARVA POWER RECEIVES 27 POWER SUPPLY PROPOSALS

 DELMARVA POWER RECEIVES 27 POWER SUPPLY PROPOSALS
 WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Delmarva Power & Light


Company (NYSE: DEW) this week received 27 proposals from power project developers to supply the company with 150 megawatts of electricity by the mid-1990s.
 The proposals are part of a continuing process to determine if buying power from outside suppliers would benefit Delmarva Power customers.
 "We're very pleased with the number of responses to our Request for Proposals, but at first glance, we're concerned that some of the proposals may not be price competitive," said Kenneth K. Jones, Delmarva Power's vice president of planning.
 During the next few months, Delmarva Power will use economic, environmental and operational criteria to evaluate the 27 proposals. The evaluation will determine if purchasing power from one of these proposed projects would benefit the company's customers more than a Delmarva Power-built generating unit. "If none of the bids shows an advantage for customers," said Jones, "Delmarva Power will build a natural gas-fired, 150-megawatt combustion turbine."
 The 27 proposals total nearly 3,300 megawatts, according to Nathan L. Wilson, manager of non-utility generation for Delmarva Power. Of the proposals received by the company, 17 are non-utility generation (NUG) projects inside the company's service territory. Of these, six propose to use natural gas in a combined cycle configuration and four propose to burn coal. In addition, seven propose to use other fuels (two petroleum coke, three municipal solid waste, and two waste wood or paper).
 Six proposals are for NUG projects that would be located outside the company's service area. Four would be located in Pennsylvania (two coal, one petroleum coke, and one municipal solid waste) and two would be in New Jersey (one petroleum coke and one gas).
 Delmarva Power also received proposals from four electric utilities. Two of those are proposed system sales and one is a partial ownership sale of a nuclear unit. One of the utilities is located outside the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) power pool.
 "Purchasing power is part of our Challenge 2000 plan," said Wilson. "This plan is designed to assure customers an adequate and reliable supply of electricity at competitive prices. Challenge 2000 uses a flexible, integrated approach that blends customer energy conservation programs, power purchases, and new power plants. Between 1984 and 1991, electricity demand at peak periods increased nearly 50 percent. Delmarva Power's balanced approach, called 'Save Some, Buy Some, Build Some,' has enabled us to keep up with the growing demand for electricity and to keep our prices about 10 percent below 1983 levels."
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