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BALTIMORE GAS & ELECTRIC'S COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS SAVE MEGAWATTS AND DOLLARS

 BALTIMORE GAS & ELECTRIC'S COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS
 SAVE MEGAWATTS AND DOLLARS
 BALTIMORE, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Baltimore Gas & Electric Company's (NYSE: BGE) commercial and industrial customers can earn rebates and reduce their monthly utility bills by participating in a range of energy saving programs designed to fit individual customer needs.
 University of Maryland Medical System would enjoy the largest rebate to date when their program is completed. Maryland National Bank and Simkins Industries have recently taken advantage of these beneficial programs through BG&E's Conserve 2000. Rebate amounts vary depending on the amount of deferred energy.
 Representatives of BG&E's Marketing and Energy Services Department develop programs to support individual technologies as they become available and then work with customers to apply these technologies to their existing needs. BG&E's manager of Marketing and Energy Services, Ed Skoglin said, "While there are a range of energy-saving programs available to our customers, we will work with them for the best fit between available technology and customer needs."
 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL SYSTEM'S COOL STORAGE FACILITY:
 Cool storage is a proven way to reduce air conditioning costs by making and storing ice or chilled water during off-peak, nighttime hours, then using it to help cool the building during on-peak, daytime hours. Cool Storage can reduce on-peak cooling demand by up to 50 percent and enable complete building cooling with smaller equipment, greater efficiency and dramatic savings that continue for the life of the building. Approximately 30 customers currently participate in the cool storage program.
 The University of Maryland Medical System is expanding their existing thermal storage unit which has been in operation for about three years, offsetting 350 kW. The new unit, planned for the North Hospital and the new Homer Gudersky Inpatient building, will defer 2600 kW of demand from BG&E's summer peak (providing additional capacity) and earn the medical system a rebate of $536,000. This installation will result in an operating savings of over $600,000 per year on UMMS's summer utility bill. During the night-time hours, the unit will form two giant ice blocks measuring 50 feet long by 20 feet wide by 10 feet tall. The blocks will be thawed during the daytime, circulating cold air throughout the hospital to provide air conditioning.
 MARYLAND NATIONAL BANK AND GAS AIR CONDITIONING:
 New gas cooling technologies combined with competitive rates and a rebate program, make gas air conditioning an attractive alternative to electric systems. Maryland National Bank recently had a 150-ton natural gas engine driven chiller installed at its computer center at 225 N. Calvert St. The
chiller will defer 366 kW and a $73,200 rebate will be paid to MNB. Waste heat recovery from the natural gas engine will provide domestic hot water. BG&E representatives continue to discuss other high-efficiency programs with MNB.
 Double effect absorbers as well as gas engine systems qualify for BG&E's gas air conditioning rates. An additional $200.00 rebate is offered for every deferred kilowatt of conventional electric air conditioning and auxiliaries.
 HIGH EFFICIENCY MOTORS AND SIMKINS INDUSTRIES:
 High efficiency motors represent a clear energy efficiency opportunity for industrial customers, and the market share of high efficiency motors is increasing. Motors and motor loads account for up to 75 percent of the total electricity bill in industrial plants and 50 percent in commercial facilities. The program is designed to encourage industrial customers to install high efficiency motors by offering incentives to offset the estimated cost differential between efficient and standard models.
 BG&E recently signed its first new motor rebate contract with Simkins Industries, Inc., a paperboard manufacturing company located in Ellicott City. Simkins replaces three to four motors a month. Through BG&E's program, they have recognized the benefits of high-efficiency motors. In addition to having more efficient equipment and lower operating costs, the company earns rebates based on the motor's rating. Simkins' rebate for the first four motors is $537.00.
 Conserve 2000 is BG&E's comprehensive plan to dramatically alter current and future demand for energy in ways that benefit the customer and the environment and provide its customers with environmentally clean and affordable power now and in the 21st century. Customers can permanently reduce operating costs by participating in a range of energy saving programs. For more information on these and other programs, call 800-666-5183.
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 /CONTACT: Arthur J. Slusark of Baltimore Gas and Electric, 410-234-7433/
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