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EPA COMMENDS CINCINNATI AND CG&E FOR ADOPTING GREEN LIGHTS

 CHICAGO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The city of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Gas and Electric Co. (CG&E) (NYSE: CIN) have each recently agreed to participate in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Green Light Program.
 Green Lights is a voluntary program that encourages the use of energy-efficient lighting equipment to save energy and money and reduce pollution.
 Cincinnati is the first city in Ohio to adopt Green Lights and CG&E the first Ohio utility.
 "I applaud both the participants for making this important commitment to reducing pollution and saving energy," said David Kee, regional director of EPA's Air and Radiation Division. "So much can be accomplished when the public and private sectors work together. Green Lights participants are leaders in forging the innovative partnerships necessary to solve our common environmental and energy problems."
 Since the program began in 1991, more than 900 organizations have signed the Green Lights Memorandum of Understanding -- a commitment to install energy-efficient lighting in their facilities nationwide. Participants include Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, utilities, state and local governments, universities, hospitals and nonprofit groups.
 The participants agree to survey their facilities and determine where changes in lighting could save money. Switching to more efficient systems does not diminish lighting quality and often can cut electricity bills by half, said Kee. Currently, lighting accounts for up to 25 percent of total electricity use in the United States.
 Green Lights also reduce pollution from power plants. If the program were adopted throughout the United States, EPA estimates that carbon dioxide emissions would be cut by 202 million metric tons a year.
 In addition, annual emissions of sulfur dioxide would be cut by 1.3 million metric tons and nitrogen oxides by 600,000 metric tons.
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 /CONTACT: Lee Ann Naue, technical, 312-886-9383, or Anne Rowan, 312-886-7857, both of EPA/
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