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DELMARVA POWER'S NATURAL GAS VEHICLES GET GOOD MARKS

 DELMARVA POWER'S NATURAL GAS VEHICLES GET GOOD MARKS
 WILMINGTON, Del., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Delmarva Power's


(NYSE: DEW) one-year pilot project to use and evaluate five natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has been so successful, the program is being expanded, it was announced today.
 The utility's 1992 and 1993 plans include:
 -- The purchase of two fully dedicated NGV pickup trucks and the conversion of four more fleet vehicles, bringing its total NGV fleet to 11.
 -- The installation of commercial-size compressor stations in Wilmington and Christiana for use by Delmarva Power and private fleet owners and operators.
 -- Contacting some area fleet owners and operators to gauge their interest in NGVs.
 -- Co-hosting a regional NGV symposium, targeting fleet owners and operators.
 The information gathered during the pilot project played a key part in shaping future plans. After logging more than 50,000 miles, the data indicated that the NGV's fuel economy is similar to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles in Delmarva Power's fleet. Delmarva Power's studies also confirmed that natural gas vehicles produce cleaner emissions than present-day gasoline or diesel-fueled vehicles.
 There were three key reasons for Delmarva Power's involvement in this pilot program. "The project served as a barometer for potential new business opportunities. It provided another avenue for demonstrating responsible environmental stewardship through the company's Serving & Conserving Delmarva program, and it allowed the company to gain experience in operating natural gas vehicles," said Glenn Moore, NGV program manager, Delmarva Power. "Such experience will prove to be beneficial to the company, our customers, and the environment as Clean Air legislation takes effect."
 This particular legislation requires owners of 10 or more fleet vehicles in highly polluted areas to eventually start purchasing alternate-fueled vehicles that meet tighter emission standards.
 Moore made his comments at a Wilmington news conference that featured a demonstration of the environmental benefits of a natural gas- powered transit bus. Delmarva Power and the Columbia Gas System are co- sponsoring the use of the bus in the shuttle service at the upcoming LPGA (Ladies' Pro Golf Association) tournament in Wilmington.
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 /CONTACT: Wallace C. Judd Jr. of Delmarva Power, 302-429-3595/
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