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ANOTHER BANNER YEAR FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS

 SAN DIMAS, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison, a national leader in energy efficiency programs, services and information, recorded another successful year for its efficiency programs in 1992. Edison's energy efficiency programs saved customers approximately 636 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in 1992, according to Edison's Annual Demand Side Management Summary recently filed with the California Public Utilities Commission.
 "Last year, Edison attained outstanding energy efficiency results," said Ken Gudger, Edison's vice president of Energy Efficiency and Market Services. "We achieved a net annualized energy savings of 635,000 megawatt-hours and a peak load reduction of 240 megawatts -- an important step toward reaching our goal of realizing all cost-effective energy efficiency.
 "These energy use reductions are important for all of our customers," Gudger noted. "Energy efficiency not only reduces customer energy bills, but helps defer the building of new power plants and helps protect the environment." Energy efficiency steps taken by Edison customers in 1992 will prevent the emission of approximately 5,422,145 tons of carbon dioxide, 3,253 tons of oxides of nitrogen and 1,627 tons of sulfur dioxide over the life of the measures.
 Highlights for the year include:
 -- Edison performed 36,000 in-home energy audits and more than 56,000 mail-in surveys while fielding more than 260,000 calls to Edison's energy efficiency Action Line. In addition, nearly 72,000 non-residential surveys were completed last year. Customer contacts and energy audits, either by mail, phone or in-person, are the first steps in identifying energy efficiency opportunities.
 -- Compact Fluorescent Bulb (CFB) Program -- This retail program is among the most successful in the United States. From July through December 1992, Edison provided an average $5 per bulb incentive to manufacturers resulting in a substantial reduction in price to the consumer. The program includes more than 700 retail outlets, which sold more than 950,000 bulbs, resulting in a net annualized energy savings of 47,382 megawatt-hours.
 -- Super Efficient Refrigerator Program (SERP) -- The SERP is a non-profit corporation voluntarily formed and funded by Edison and 24 other U.S. utilities. An Edison employee serves as chief executive officer for the SERP. The program will provide nearly $30 million to the winner of a manufacturer competition to design, develop and distribute more than 300,000 super-efficient refrigerators between 1994 and 1997. These refrigerators will be at least 25 percent more efficient than 1993 standards and will contain no CFCs.
 -- More than 60,000 rebates for refrigerators and other appliances were awarded in 1992.
 -- The Clean Air Coatings program assisted 80 customers in the evaluation of their processes and products for meeting air quality standards at Edison's Customer Technology Application Center (CTAC). Approximately 300 jobs were retained in Southern California with the help of this program.
 -- More than 25,000 people visited CTAC in 1992. The 30,000-square-foot facility offers energy efficiency, environmental solutions and customer competitiveness through demonstrations, education and program support.
 -- In 1992, Edison's residential conservation programs resulted in a net annualized energy savings of 115,075 megawatt-hours and peak load reduction of 25.5 megawatts. Recorded costs for residential conservation programs totaled $31 million.
 -- Non-residential conservation programs resulted in a net annualized energy savings of 520,524 megawatt-hours and a peak load reduction 107.8 megawatts in 1992. Recorded costs for non- residential energy efficiency programs totaled $32 million.
 "These energy savings indicate Edison is playing a vital role in the economic recovery of Southern California," Gudger said. "Efficient energy use can provide a big boost to business competitiveness." For more information regarding Edison energy efficiency programs and how they can help at home or business, call Edison's Action Line toll-free at 800-952-5062.
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 /CONTACT: Kevin Kelley, 909-394-8874 or 818-302-2255, or Janine Fiddelke, 909-394-8873 or 818-302-2255, both of Southern California Edison/


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