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POWER PROJECT BENEFITS REGIONAL ECONOMY

 POWER PROJECT BENEFITS REGIONAL ECONOMY
 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The central role of the


Allegheny/Beaver Valley industrial corridor in the regional economy was underscored in a Pennsylvania Economy League (PEL) study released today.
 In 1990, the report said, Allegheny County companies employed more than half of Beaver County's work force, one-quarter of Butler County's work force and about one-fifth of Armstrong County's work force. Most commuters live in townships that border Allegheny County, according to the study.
 "These figures underscore the regional benefits of the Allegheny/Beaver industrial hub," said Robert Callen, economic development manager for Duquesne Light Company. "The rate relief that will stem from the Transmission Project will further strengthen that hub and provide jobs and opportunities for western Pennsylvania."
 Duquesne Light customers will experience $1.1 billion in energy rebates over 20 years if the GPU-DQE Transmission Project is approved by the Public Utility Commission.
 The PEL study, which was commissioned by Duquesne Light and General Public Utilities Corp. (GPU), was based on commuting information provided by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission (SPRPC). SPRPC estimated that 27,768 persons commuted to Allegheny County from Beaver County during 1990, out of a work force of 50,900 persons counted by the state Department of Labor and Industry.
 In Butler County, the SPRPC estimated that 16,387 persons commuted to Allegheny County during 1990, out of a work force of 69,950 persons. In Armstrong County, 4,637 of the 26,000 work force commuted to Allegheny County.
 "These commuter figures demonstrate that what goes on in Allegheny County is important to the region," the league said. "The economics of these counties are highly dependent on Allegheny County's economy."
 According to the league, it is safe to assume that approximately 55 percent of wages earned by Beaver County workers are brought back from Allegheny County and 55 percent of wage taxes come from Allegheny County companies. In Butler County, 23 percent of wages and wage taxes are earned in Allegheny County companies. And in Armstrong County, 18 percent of wages and wage taxes are earned in Allegheny County companies.
 The study also showed that the Pittsburgh hub is important to Beaver, Butler and Armstrong county residents for health care, education, and cultural and sporting events.
 Under a joint agreement, Duquesne Light has proposed to sell 500 megawatts of power to GPU for use in the east. The Public Utility Commission unanimously approved the power sale concept, and is expected to rule on the siting of a 268-mile transmission line in early 1993.
 The companies will invest more than $500 million to build the transmission line from Beaver County to Dauphin County, and to restart the Phillips and Brunot Island power stations in Beaver County. Both have been idle since the decline of the steel industry in the mid-1980s.
 The project is expected to create 2,000 construction-related jobs per year for five years, and 1,500 permanent jobs once construction is completed.
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 /CONTACT: Edward H. Sehon, manager of corporate communications of Duquesne Light, 412-393-6058/
 (DQE GPU) CO: Duquesne Light Company; General Public Utilities Corp.;
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