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EDISON, BPA PARTICIPATE IN SECOND ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY EXCHANGE

 EDISON, BPA PARTICIPATE IN SECOND ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY EXCHANGE
 SYLMAR, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- How can increased water flow in the Columbia River designed to protect endangered salmon actually help clean the air in Southern California? The answer lies in a unique environmental agreement between Southern California Edison and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) announced at a press conference today at the Sylmar Converter Station, southern terminus of the Pacific Intertie transmission line.
 John E. Bryson, Edison chairman and chief executive officer, said that for the second consecutive year, Edison and BPA, a federally owned power marketing agency headquartered in Portland, Ore., will exchange about 250 megawatts of electricity -- enough power for about 125,000 households. The exchange will put more water in the Columbia River while young salmon are migrating downstream, and will enhance Southern California air quality by reducing the need to operate fossil fuel power plants during the summer months.
 "This creative agreement, like last year's, is different from traditional power exchanges which were primarily designed to save money," Bryson said. "While this agreement makes economic sense, the principal purpose of this exchange is to improve the environment in both regions. It is a fine example of the mutual benefits possible when enlightened organizations work together in the interest of their customers and the communities they serve," Bryson said.
 Edison estimates that the energy received will help decrease oxides of nitrogen air emissions in the South Coast Air Basin by about 83 tons during the summer months. "This is the equivalent of taking about 23,000 cars off the Southland's highways during peak summer smog periods," Bryson said.
 This is how the exchange will work:
 -- During the spring and summer months, BPA will increase its releases of water into the Columbia River. These water releases will help the young salmon reach the ocean.
 -- At the same time, Edison will accept the hydroelectric power generated by these increased water releases. This "borrowed" electrical power, generated through a clean resource, will help to offset the need to operate fossil fuel-burning power plants in Southern California when air quality is worst.
 -- In the fall and early winter months, when air emissions levels here are lower, Edison will "return" most of the power it "borrowed" from BPA.
 Two other California utilities are signing similar agreements with BPA -- the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and San Diego Gas & Electric. Energy exchanges among all participants total 725 megawatts.
 Participants in the signing ceremony included Bryson; Adm. James D. Watkins, Secretary of Energy; Randy Hardy, BPA Administrator; Eldon Cotton, assistant general manager for power, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; and Jack Thomas, president of San Diego Gas & Electric. Honored guests included Dan Fessler, president of the California Public Utilities Commission and Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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 /CONTACT: Kevin Kelley of Southern California Edison, 818-302-2255/ CO: Southern California Edison; Bonneville Power Administration ST: California IN: UTI SU:


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