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GEORGIA POWER TO FILE ENERGY PLAN WITH PSC; 14 CONSERVATION PROGRAMS TO CONTROL DEMAND

 GEORGIA POWER TO FILE ENERGY PLAN WITH PSC;
 14 CONSERVATION PROGRAMS TO CONTROL DEMAND
 ATLANTA, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power Co. today will submit to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) a comprehensive energy plan that includes energy-effiency, conservation and load management programs for customers.
 The 14 programs offer cash and other credits to customers as incentives to use electricity efficiently -- and ultimately help control growth in demand.
 In its first "Integrated Resource Plan," the company is projecting average annual electricity demand increases of approximately 2.5 percent through 2011.
 "These growth rates are less than those we experienced in the 1980s, but we'll still need an additional 10,000 megawatts of new capacity -- or conservation programs to help offset that demand -- over the next 20 years," said Bill Dahlberg, Georgia Power president and CEO. "That's about the equivalent of what five Plant Vogtles would produce. Conservation and efficiency programs will help consumers improve efficiencies in their homes and businesses, and they'll also help the company control costs and protect the environment."
 Dahlberg said the conservation programs, which are expected to reduce peak demand by approximately 800 megawatts (about the size of a new coal-fired unit) by 1996, represent only the beginning of a more aggressive conservation effort at Georgia Power, which has traditionally relied on plant construction to meet new demand. The 14 programs are expected to cost the company at least $400 million over the next decade.
 Five of the conservation programs were developed for residential customers. They include the company's Good Cents Home program which offers cash incentives to customers who purchase new homes, or improve the efficiency of existing homes, under Good Cents standards. A new "Super Good Cents" program was submitted to promote even greater energy-efficiency standards for new home construction. Other programs promote efficiency in water heating and provide assistance to weatherize homes through the state of Georgia's weatherization program.
 Nine programs were developed specifically for commercial and industrial customers. They include cash incentives for installation of high-efficiency lighting systems, air conditioning equipment, thermal efficiency improvements and motors. Other programs provide direct technical assistance and recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of business or institutional facilities.
 These programs will be monitored and revised as needed to incorporate new technologies and improve customer participation. All of the new programs must be approved by the Public Service Commission before they can be offered to Georgia Power customers.
 The supply-side measures in the plan include operating existing coal and nuclear plants at higher output, the completion of a hydroelectric plant currently under construction and the construction of six natural gas-fired "peaking" plants.
 In 1991, the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation requiring utilities to file energy plans for meeting future demand, with increased emphasis on conservation options.
 Under a process set forth in rules adopted by the PSC last November, the plan will be analyzed for economic, as well as environmental, impact. The commission has up to 60 days to set a "filing fee" that must be paid by the company to cover commission review costs. After the company pays this fee, the commission has up to six months to review, approve -- or replace -- the company's plan.
 Georgia Power's Integrated Resource Plan will result in lower costs for consumers. The company estimates its cost-per-kilowatt-hour will increase by only 10 percent by the year 2000, compared with an estimated inflation rate of 40 percent for the same period.
 "This plan provides flexibility, reliability, customer value, low financing costs and it helps us protect the environment," added Dahlberg. "Our company is committed to meeting the energy needs of Georgia. In the future, we are going to have to rely on a much more balanced mix of customer efficiency and supply-side options to meet needs. Only with resources and programs like these can we meet the challenges of energy independence, efficiency, environmental protection and reliable supply."
 Summary of Conservation Programs
 Residential Programs
 -- Good Cents Program - The company's Good Cents Home program includes cash incentives to customers who incorporate energy-efficiency measures into their new -- or existing -- homes. (This has been approved by the PSC as a pilot program and is presently availably to customers.)
 -- Super Good Cents - A new program that provides cash incentives to customers who incorporate extensive energy-efficiency measures into their new single-family homes.
 -- Low-Income Program - This program provides funding to the Governor's Office of Energy Resources for weatherizing single-family homes of Georgia Power customers who qualify as low-income families.
 -- Good Cents Water Heating Efficiency Program - This program offers water heater jackets to customers with electric water heaters and provides cash incentives to customers who install heat recovery units on new electric water heaters.
 -- Air Conditioning Control Pilot Program - This pilot program provides cash incentives to customers who allow Georgia Power to control central air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters, and swimming pool pumps at times of peak electricity use.
 Commercial and Industrial Programs
 -- Lighting Program - This program offers customers cash incentives to install high-efficiency lights and lighting systems. (A similar pilot program is presently available to customers in DeKalb and Tift counties.)
 -- HVAC Program - Customers will receive cash incentives for installing high-efficiency HVAC equipment through this program.
 -- New Construction Program - Georgia Power will offer design assistance and cash incentives to developers, architects and engineers who incorporate into new buildings energy-efficiency measures that exceed existing standards and codes.
 -- Standby Generators Program - Georgia Power will pay customers to allow the company to operate their standby generators remotely at times of peak electricity need.
 -- Energy Analysis - The company will assist large customers with the evaluation and analysis of their energy usage and make recommendations for energy savings.
 -- Motors Program - This program offers customers cash incentives to install premium efficiency motors for either new or existing applications.
 -- Custom Energy Savings - This program offers large customers cash incentives to adopt energy-efficiency measures that are based on the unique characteristics of the customer's energy needs.
 -- Small Customer Services - Georgia Power will offer energy audits to small customers and will install, while on site and at no charge, cost-effective energy-efficiency measures.
 -- Interruptible Service - Customers who participate in this program will receive credits on their bills for reducing their load during times of high system need.
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 /CONTACT: Tal Wright of Georgia Power, 800-282-1696 or 404-526-7676/ CO: Georgia Power Company; Georgia Public Service Commission ST: Georgia IN: UTI SU:


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