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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON RECEIVES NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

                 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON RECEIVES
              NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    ROSEMEAD, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison has been selected to receive the Renew America Environmental Achievement Award for its Customer Technology Application Center (CTAC), it was announced today in Washington, D.C.  The Renew America Environmental Achievement Award is the only national award bestowed by leaders of the environmental community.  It is presented to environmental programs for their success in protecting the environment, inspiring others to take environmental action and reaching community goals.
    The 23,000-square-foot CTAC facility in Irwindale, Calif., is the largest, most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation.  CTAC promotes energy efficiency, environmental solutions and customer competitiveness through its educational and demonstration programs, Since CTAC opened in 1990, more than 50,000 visitors and customers have received hands-on experience with the latest advances in electric technologies.
    CTAC houses seven distinct centers:
    -- The Commercial Technology Center features heat pumps, thermal energy storage, energy management systems, electric motors and a daylighting exhibit;
    -- The Lighting Design Center showcases the latest in fluorescent, incandescent and high intensity discharge lamps, along with color booths and window displays;
    -- The Commercial Cooking Center incorporates the latest in commercial cooking appliances and technology;
    -- The Residential Technology Center features a 1,000-square-foot House of the Future, featuring energy efficient appliances, heat pumps and conservation materials.  The garage houses an electric van for energy-efficient transportation;
    -- The Industrial Technology Center;
    -- The Electric Magnetic Fields Education Center; and
    -- The 100-seat Learning Center.
    One of the most difficult challenges for business and industry in Southern California today is achieving a balance between energy efficiency, profitability and air quality standards.  For many industrial customers, Edison's work in the demonstration and investigation of electrotechnologies provides the research and development they simply could not afford.
    The concept behind CTAC is highly replicable, and utilities from around the nation have expressed an interest in constructing similar facilities.
    "While successfully conserving natural resources by encouraging the use of clean and available technologies, the center helps established businesses remain profitable and competitive," said Tina Hobson, executive director for Renew America.  "CTAC brings Edison's customers closer to improved air quality, energy efficiency and to the cutting edge of research and technology."
    Southern California Edison's CTAC was selected from more than 1,600 applicants nationwide by the National Environmental Awards Council, 28 of the country's leading environmental organizations coordinated by Renew America.
    A representative of Southern California Edison's CTAC will travel to Washington to receive the award at the Third Annual Renew America Awards Ceremony in the fall.  William C. Reilly, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency will be honorary chairman.
    Based in Washington, Renew America is a non-profit organization committed to restoring the nation's communities through environmental action.  The Renew America Environmental Achievement Awards were established to recognize and promote successful projects around the country that will serve as environmental models.
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    /CONTACT:  Pat Fedorko of Southern California Edison, 818-302-7917; or Katharine Phillips, 415-399-1138/ CO:  Southern California Edison ST:  California IN:  UTI SU: KJ-AL -- LA012 -- 3862 06/25/92 14:27 EDT
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