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PUGET SOUND POWER & LIGHT CO: WORK CONTINUES FOLLOWING SEVERE WIND STORM

 BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Crews from Puget Sound Power & Light Co. (NYSE: PSD) by Monday evening had restored power to all but a few customers who experienced outages as a result of the Inauguration Day Storm, the company said today. Shortly after the peak of the storm late Wednesday morning, 500,000 Puget Power customers were without power. The electric utility serves 787,000 customers in nine counties.
 "This has been a tough time for our customers and our employees, as everyone coped with the effects of one of the area's worst-ever storms," said Rich Sonstelie, president and chief executive officer. "We're grateful for the support people have shown our crews, who have been working non-stop to repair the devastating damage this storm caused to our system."
 While costs associated with the Inauguration Day Storm will surpass the $17-million cost of the 1990 Arctic Express storms, Puget Power will not know the total figure for several months, said Jerry Henry, vice president, Operation Services. "There's always a lot of follow-up work after our initial effort to get the lights back on. That will take several weeks," Henry said.
 Puget Power has a $5 million deductible insurance policy. While the company will eventually seek recovery of uninsured costs through rates, there will be no immediate effect on rates.
 Henry compares the enormity of the Inauguration Day Storm with the Arctic Express storms of two years ago. "As a result of these, we had as many as 120,000 customers without service at one time and it took five days each time to restore their power." He points out that during a similar five-day period following the Inauguration Day Storm, the company restored power to 500,000 customers.
 During the height of the storm, the company had upwards of 100 transmission lines out of service, as many as 200 substations off- line and 464 distribution circuits out.
 "Before attempting to repair the neighborhood lines to our customers' homes and businesses, our first challenge was to rebuild our backbone transmission system, which in turn energizes the neighborhood substations," Henry said.
 Then the company was able to concentrate its efforts on rebuilding the distribution lines feeding the neighborhoods, and finally lines serving individual homes. Crews worked around the clock. More than 450 line crews blanketed Puget Power's service area. "Those crews replaced 1,000 poles, 190 miles of wire and 20,000 insulators," Henry said. "During the Arctic Express, we replaced 339 poles and 63 miles of wire."
 Assisting the line crews were hundreds of Puget Power employees who answered phones, delivered materials, identified downed li0 customers. In addition to Puget Power's own line crews, the restoration process included crews brought in from Pacific Power & Light Co., Portland, Ore.,; Portland General Electric, Portland; B.C. Hydro, British Columbia, Canada; Washington Water Power, Spokane, Wash.; Pacific Gas and Electric, San Francisco; the Bonneville Power Administration; and line contract crews from all over the Northwest.
 Henry cautioned that the work is not over yet. "Just after the storm, our top priority was to address the needs of our customers as quickly and safely as possible. Now that the electrical system is back up, within the next several weeks we'll be returning to certain areas in order to make more permanent repairs. This may result in short scheduled outages, but we'll notify customers as often as possible before interrupting their power."
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 /CONTACT: Melanie Granfors, 206-462-3710, or Kristen Wappler, 206-462-3744, both of Puget Sound Power & Light/
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