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GREEN LIGHTS PROGRAM CUTS POLLUTION, SAVES $700 MILLION A YEAR

GREEN LIGHTS PROGRAM CUTS POLLUTION, SAVES $700 MILLION A YEAR
 SAN FRANCISCO, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Administrator William K. Reilly today announced that the 425 corporations, seven states and three cities that have joined the agency's voluntary Green Lights Program are reducing air emissions from carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide by over seven million metric tons a year and cutting their electric bills by $702 million a year. The reduction of carbon dioxide is the equivalent of taking 1.6 million automobiles off the road.
 Green lights was officially launched by U.S. EPA in January 1991 to encourage corporations to install energy-efficient lighting to reduce air pollution and energy consumption. Corporations that join the program profit through lower electricity bills. By using less electricity, Green Lights participants also reduce air pollution caused by electricity generation.
 Reilly said, "The idea that we can show companies how to save money in counterintuitive. But we are! Green Lights makes dollar sense, it makes energy sense, and it makes environmental sense. The savings quickly repay initial installation costs, representing a bottom-line savings to participants. I urge other companies and state and local governments to join Green Lights. I want it to become a model for other 'Green' programs for heating, air conditioning and other energy uses."
 In addition to the companies that have joined Green Lights, the states of California, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, South Dakota, and Oregon and the cities of Houston, Portland, Ore., and Naperville, Ill., also have joined the program. Cost savings to these governments are estimated to total $140 million per year.
 Under Green Lights, over 180 major corporate facilities are currently being upgraded -- representing 77 million square feet of space. Of these facilities, 50 have already been fully upgraded, with an average reduction in electricity use of 55 percent.
 To join Green Lights, participants sign a Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. EPA in which they agree to survey all of their facilities and to install new lighting systems where profitable and where lighting quality is not compromised. U.S. EPA provides participants with technical support. Upgrades must be completed within five years and improvements must be documented. Green Lights participants average a 20 to 30 percent return on their lighting investments.
 If fully implemented by U.S. companies and governments, U.S. EPA estimates that Green Lights, in combination with other lighting efficiency programs, would save over $18 billion in annual electric bills, reducing electricity used for lighting by about 50 percent and total national electricity demand by about 10 percent. Carbon dioxide emissions would be reduced by 210 million metric tons, the equivalent of 42 million cars (equal to one-third of the U.S. automobile fleet). Sulfur dioxide emissions would be cut by 1.5 million metric tons, and nitrogen oxide emissions would be reduced by 816,000 metric tons. Current participants will also have avoided capital outlays greater than $2.6 billion dollars, which can be used for other investments.
 CORPORATE PARTNERS IN THE GREEN LIGHTS PROGRAM
 WITH HEADQUARTERS IN U.S. EPA REGION 9
 ARCO (Los Angeles)
 Bank of America (San Francisco)
 Bechtel (San Francisco)
 Childhelp USA (Toluca Lake, Calif.)
 DMB Associates (Phoenix)
 Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (Palo Alto, Calif.)
 Hewlett-Packard Co. (Palo Alto, Calif.)
 Lockheed Corp. (Calabasas, Calif.)
 Nestle USA (Colendale, Calif.)
 Ricoh Electronics Inc. (Tustin, Calif.)
 SAIC (San Diego)
 Transamerica Corp. (San Francisco)
 REGION 9 UTILITY ALLIES IN GREEN LIGHTS PROGRAM
 Arizona Public Service Co. (Phoenix)
 Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power (Los Angeles)
 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (San Francisco)
 Sacramento Municipal Utility District (Sacramento, Calif.)
 Salt River Project (Phoenix)
 Southern California Edison Co. (Rosemead, Calif.)
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. EPA ST: California; Nevada IN: SU:


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