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AGREEMENT SAVES TAXPAYER MONEY, CLEANS THE AIR AND STIMULATES LOCAL ECONOMY

 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison and the U.S. Department of Energy completed the signing of an agreement Jan. 6 that will save taxpayers millions of dollars in energy costs, eliminate thousands of tons of air pollutants and pump millions of dollars into the Southern California economy over the next several years.
 Energy Secretary Hazel R. O'Leary and Edison's Chairman John E. Bryson agreed to work together to achieve a minimum 20 percent reduction in energy use in more than 500 federal facilities served by Edison. The mandated energy savings level, established by the Federal Energy Policy Act of 1992, requires that all government facilities reach a 20 percent energy savings by the year 2000. In working with the various federal agencies, Edison will use its new Envest-SCE approach to invest in large energy efficiency solutions to reach that goal.
 The DOE-Edison partnership will provide government, through a network of third-party energy service providers, a complete energy service package including facility analysis, engineering and design, financing, installation, training and verification to ensure the energy savings are delivered.
 "Envest-SCE is a one-stop source for our larger customers. It provides them a turn-key service of comprehensive energy efficiency solutions," said Bryson.
 "This initiative will not only help us meet President Clinton's challenge to reduce federal agency energy consumption 20 percent by the year 2000 but will stimulate the use of energy-efficient technologies that will keep Southern California businesses competitive and provide job growth," O'Leary said. "I am delighted that the Department of Energy and Southern California Edison will be partners in this effort to make federal government facilities a model for the country in energy efficiency."
 The agreement will accelerate energy efficiency in the federal sector, protect the environment and strengthen Southern California's regional economy, according to Edison. Federal facilities will receive custom-designed packages of energy-saving solutions, reducing taxpayer energy costs more than $15 million annually when fully implemented. This also will help air quality in Southern California by preventing more than 100 tons of nitrogen-oxides emissions and more than 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the air each year.
 One of the goals of the DOE-Edison agreement is to demonstrate how a public-private partnership can be used to increase productivity, stimulate delivery of proven energy efficiency technologies, improve environmental quality and accelerate the development of a market for energy efficiency products and services in Southern California.
 Envest-SCE, approved in October 1993 by the California Public Utilities Commission, allows Edison to provide its larger customers with a comprehensive energy efficiency service package. This two-year pilot business is financed with $75 million in Edison shareholder money and $15 million in ratepayer funds.
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 /CONTACT: Charlie Basham of SCE, 818-302-2255; or Larry Hart of DOE, 202-586-5806/
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