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PENNSYLVANIA ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION: MILD YEAR BRINGS SMALL DECLINE IN COMMONWEALTH'S ELECTRICITY USE

 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Generally milder weather during 1992 was the principal factor in a fractional decline in the consumption of electricity in Pennsylvania.
 Statistics released today by the Pennsylvania Electric Association (PEA) show that consumption of electricity by customers of the seven major investor-owned electric utilities in the commonwealth declined by one-tenth of 1 percent, despite modest increases in use by industrial and commercial customers.
 Consumption by commercial customers increased by eight-tenths of 1 percent, and by industrial customers by three-tenths of 1 percent. Residential consumption declined by 1 percent, and use by other customers declined by 1.8 percent.
 Average use by Pennsylvania's residential customers also showed a decline, as did the average monthly bill, despite a fractional increase in the average price of a kilowatt-hour of electricity.
 The number of customers served by the seven major companies increased by nearly 40,000, to more than 5 million. Approximately 75,000 additional customers are served by four smaller investor-owned utilities which are also members of PEA.
 Other year-end figures of note show that use of oil to generate electricity dropped to 1.1 percent of total generation, the lowest level in more than 20 years. Coal-fired generation accounted for 61.4 percent of total generation, and nuclear power accounted for 35.9 percent.
 PEA is the trade association of the 11 investor-owned electric utilities in the commonwealth. These utilities provide electric service to 95 percent of the state's population and supply more than 98 percent of the electricity consumed in Pennsylvania.
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 /CONTACT: Harold R. Piety, director of public information of Pennsylvania Electric Association, 717-257-5865/


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