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EPA SANCTIONS ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM; TAMPA ELECTRIC & UTILITY CONSORTIUM LAUNCH NEW CAMPAIGN

 EPA SANCTIONS ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM;
 TAMPA ELECTRIC & UTILITY CONSORTIUM LAUNCH NEW CAMPAIGN
 TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Tampa Electric Company today announced it has helped to forge a new national consortium of electric utilities whose focus is to reduce air emissions and energy consumption by replacing traditional fuel-based consumer products with those powered by electricity.
 Working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in Washington, D.C. and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, Calif., Tampa Electric and nine other utilities have formed the National Consortium for Emissions Free Lawn Care.
 Its first project, announced earlier today at a press conference in Washington, will be to implement a national "cordless for clunkers" program in which 1,000 cordless electric lawn mowers will be exchanged for gasoline clunkers.
 According to 1990 research conducted by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), residential lawn mowing annually emitted as much nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbon into the state's atmosphere as three million cars driven 16,000 miles.
 Energy analyst Mark P. Mills said, "In California and elsewhere, residential lawn mowing is a remarkably large energy consumer and source of air pollution. In 1990, in fact, the California board identified 100,000 cars worth of hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions for every 1 million California residents."
 Based on his recent independent analysis entitled "Ecolawn," Mills estimated that if all residential mowing were performed with electric mowers, California today could reduce annual energy consumption by over 270,000 barrels of oil at a savings of about $5 million, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 150,000 tons. Mills said the required additional electricity needs could be met by just 1.5 megawatts of capacity, primarily off-peak.
 The cordless for clunkers program has three objectives: to use cordless electric lawn mowers to showcase the energy and environmental benefits of electrotechnologies, to explore opportunities for other technology applications and to provide leadership on air quality concerns within each community served by the member utilities.
 Each utility has contributed start-up funding to empower the consortium. Annual funding will be adjusted, however, as the membership expands beyond its original anchor network.
 Black & Decker, presently the nation's only manufacturer of a cordless electric lawn mower, has agreed to provide consortium members with the company's best nationally discounted volume wholesale price. Black & Decker also has pledged to ship the mowers to members exclusively on the basis of written commitments.
 For its part, the EPA has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the consortium to coordinate and manage both an in-state and national utility engine emissions testing program. Said Mills, "The EPA has expressed a very strong interest in working with utilities on this project."
 Bill Snyder, Tampa Electric's vice president of customer services & marketing, will chair the consortium's program oversight committee.
 Said Snyder, "In the current regulatory and political climate, electric utilities have been encouraged to vigorously pursue programs to reduce or conserve the use of electricity. Unfortunately, in doing so, many energy planners have lost sight of the fact that switching from fossil fuels to electricity actually saves energy and cuts pollution."
 Snyder said mowing a lawn for 30 minutes with an electric mower instead of a gasoline mower actually eliminates two pounds of carbon dioxide and cuts total energy use by around 70 percent, even when you count the costs of the fuel used to make the electricity.
 He said beyond lawn mowing, there are numerous other technologies which have successfully displaced fossil fuels at a significant savings. Included among these electrotechnologies are: cooking with microwave ovens, making steel through the use of an electric arc instead of a blast furnace, and drying freshly painted cars with an ultraviolet dryer rather than through gas heat.
 "The notion that electricity somehow is wasteful is an absolute myth," said Snyder. "Those who believe that completely ignore the efficiency with which electricity can be used, and the inefficiency with which fossil fuels presently are used in the marketplace."
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 /CONTACT: Mike Mahoney of Tampa Electric Company, 813-228-4271 (office) or 813-961-9456 (home)/
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