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EDISON, FHP JOIN FORCES IN GREEN LIGHTS EFFORT TO INCREASE ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING

 SAN DIMAS, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- FHP, one of the nation's largest HMOs, has joined with Southern California Edison to participate in the Green Lights program. Both FHP and Edison will combine their resources to promote energy-efficient lighting at FHP facilities as a means of preventing pollution. Green Lights is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
 An agreement of understanding was signed today at FHP headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., between Charles Sampson, vice president of facilities and real estate development for FHP, and Ken Gudger, vice president of Edison's Energy Efficiency division. Also attending the event was Mike Stimberg for the EPA.
 "With our participation in EPA's Green Lights program, we will not only contribute to a reduction in pollution, but save FHP approximately $800,000 in annual operating costs when all retrofits are complete," Sampson said.
 Noting the importance of the Green Lights program, Gudger said that FHP has taken an important step in improving air quality, "By joining Green Lights, FHP is promoting energy-efficient lighting in its commercial buildings, while also serving as a model to encourage other companies to join Green Lights."
 Sampson added that, "FHP will survey all of its 153 owned and leased buildings and expects to install some level of retrofit in approximately 100 of these locations."
 Gudger said that "Edison is proud to have been the first utility in America to participate in EPA's Green Lights program. Edison is a national leader in energy efficiency programs, services and information, and is committed to achieving all cost-effective energy efficiency for its customers,"
 At its headquarters in Rosemead, Calif., more than 17,000 standard fluorescent lamps and fixtures were upgraded with energy-efficient T-8 fluorescent lamps and electronic ballasts -- reducing energy consumption, demand and costs.
 Edison already has audited nearly 7 million square feet of company facilities and plans to have all 332 sites completed by the end of 1995. This commitment will save 35,000 megawatt-hours of electricity and reduce peak demand by 4,600 kilowatts through participation in the Green Lights program. The environmental benefits from this program are an annual reduction of 21,000 tons of CO2, 26 tons of NOx and 13 tons of SO2.
 Green Light Audit Teams have been developed and trained to provide Edison customers with highly proficient, comprehensive lighting audits. In addition, there are plans to provide workshops for Edison's commercial customers interested in becoming partners in the Green Lights program.
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 /CONTACT: Janine Fiddelke, 909-394-8873 or 818-302-2255, or Paul Klein, 909-394-8874 or 818-302-2255, both of Southern California Edison/


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