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POWER LINE COALITION FLOODED WITH SUPPORT

 POWER LINE COALITION FLOODED WITH SUPPORT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A statewide coalition of


labor and business groups backing a cross-state electric line has been flooded with support.
 The coalition, Pennsylvania Energy for Economic Revitalization (PEER), announced its formation last week. It said proposals from Duquesne Light Co. and General Public Utilities (NYSE: GPU) would create more than 1,500 permanent jobs. The utilities have proposed restarting two idle power plants near Pittsburgh and building a transmission line to sell electricity to eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
 "Since we publicly formed PEER last week, phone calls and letters have poured into us from individuals, groups and businesses expressing their support and asking how they can help," said Michael Welsh, spokesman for PEER. "We'll be adding them to our growing coalition."
 "It's clear that people who view the facts and merits without emotion see the benefits, economic potential and the jobs related to this project. That's why PEER organized ... to be sure that decisions are based on facts and not on emotional protests."
 Additional groups supporting the energy project include the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Three Rivers Area Labor Management Committee, Allegheny County Labor Council, a telephone local of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Cambria County Planning Commission.
 Founding members of PEER include the Pennsylvania State AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania Business Roundtable, IBEW, Pennsylvania Coal Association, local labor councils and individual union locals.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph Sanna of PEER, 717-234-6064/
 (GPU) CO: Pennsylvania Energy for Economic Revitalization ST: Pennsylvania IN: UTI SU:


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