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BG&E ANNOUNCES POSITION ON THE MARYLAND ALLIANCE FOR FAIR COMPETITION AND EXPANSION INTO THE HVAC SERVICE FIELD

 BALTIMORE, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A pre-hearing conference dealing with the Maryland Alliance For Fair Competition was held today at the Maryland Public Service Commission.
 The following details BG&E's position:
 -- The issue is a handful of contractors interfering with the rights of more than 1 million BG&E customers. The Alliance is not for fair competition; it wants to limit competition.
 -- The Alliance is anti-competitive and anti-consumer. They are more interested in protecting their own markets than helping customers.
 -- BG&E currently has more than 250,000 customers with service policies on either a furnace or hot water heater. We've provided a valued, professional service for more than 100 years. We're there on nights, weekends and holidays, and we service all areas and neighborhoods. Customer service will suffer if the Alliance is successful.
 -- The Alliance's real motive is to limit the choices of Maryland consumers. They approached us a year ago demanding that we get out of the gas furnace service business. We founded and built that business and its is valued by our customers.
 -- BG&E sees its expansion into the heat pump and air conditioning service business as an extension of our home heating service operation. Our customers have often asked us to expand these services. We do not like being in the position of saying no to our customers.
 -- BG&E will continue its very successful partnership with area HVAC contractors, an arrangement that has benefitted both sides. More than 800 contractors -- large, small, and minority-owned -- have done work for BG&E, generating $100 million in revenues for these contractors.
 -- BG&E is not asking for any special treatment. We believe our entrance into these fields will help expand the markets themselves, benefitting BG&E and contractors alike. In fact, more than 100 contractors have indicated an interest in participating in this new venture, including many leaders of the Alliance.
 Subsidies are no longer an issue. We've made the necessary accounting adjustments. The real issue is the anti-consumer position of the Alliance.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Feel free to attribute any of these points as direct quotes from Arthur J. Slusark, BG&E's director of public information. If you need to speak with Slusark over the holiday weekend, call 410-234-7433 and ask that he be paged./
 /CONTACT: Arthur J. Slusark, director of public information of Baltimore Gas and Electric, 410-234-7433/
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