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DUQUESNE LIGHT RESIDENTIAL RATES TO GO DOWN IN APRIL

 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Duquesne Light Company electricity rates for residential customers will be reduced 8.5 percent next April, the company said today.
 Duquesne's rates have not increased since April 1991. In April 1993 there was a 2.5 percent reduction in residential customers' monthly bills because of lower fuel costs.
 For the average residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, the 8.5 percent rate reduction will mean a saving of about $6.00 per month.
 The company is focusing on providing the best possible service to its customers in all facets of the business and providing customers with options in how they use electrical energy.
 For example, independent statistics (based on annual surveys by Theodore Barry & Associates, an independent research firm) show that Duquesne customers annually experience fewer minutes of power interruptions than the customers of any other utility in the state. In addition, new special rates recently approved by the PUC provide residential customers with more choices relating to space heating and water heating.
 In addition to the 8.5 percent residential rate reduction next April, completion of the GPU-DQE Transmission Project now being considered by the state Public Utility Commission would -- if approved -- have an additional positive impact on customer bills over the 20-year term of the power sale.
 "We're committing to our customers that we will do everything we can to make our rates as competitive as possible and, at the same time, to provide the best possible service to our customers," said Roger D. Beck, vice president of Marketing and Customer Service.
 "Other utilities, including neighboring Pennsylvania utilities, currently are facing huge capital expenditures to comply with Clean Air Act deadlines in 1995 and 2000," said Beck. "As a result of these expenditures, their rates will go up and their customers will pay more.
 "By contrast, Duquesne made its major investments in environmental control facilities during Pittsburgh's Renaissance II in the 1970s, and our customers now are benefitting in two ways -- clean air in the region, and monthly bills that will not be impacted significantly by future environmental costs."
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 /CONTACT: Dennis E. O'Neil, general manager, Public Affairs, of Duquesne Light, 412-393-4060/
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