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NEW ENGLAND POWER COMPANY ISSUES 'GREEN RFP' FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

 NEW ENGLAND POWER COMPANY ISSUES 'GREEN RFP'
 FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- New England Power Company (NEP), the wholesale generation and transmission subsidiary of the New England Electric System (NEES) (NYSE: NES), today announced a request for proposals (RFP) for electric power supply from project developers who use renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro, advanced biomass, landfill gas, and waste-to-energy technologies. The renewable initiative, or "Green RFP," is one part of the utility's environmental, economic, and energy resource strategy for the 1990s, NEESPLAN 3, which was announced on Nov. 7.
 "Through our Green RFP, we intend to determine the cost, technical feasibility, and public acceptance of renewable energy sources," explained John W. Rowe, NEES president and chief executive officer. "NEES has long relied on renewable generation, particularly hydroelectric sources on which our utility was founded. More recently, we've contracted with non-utility projects that produce energy from waste and landfill gas. Now, with this initiative, we hope to pilot renewable technologies which hold promise for our energy future."
 Renewable energy sources involve non-fossil energy sources that generally produce reduced or no air emissions when used to generate electricity. With this solicitation, NEP expects to purchase up to 200 million kilowatthours of electricity annually from renewable energy sources, enough power to supply approximately 30,000 homes, or a city the size of Everett, Mass.
 "Our goal in acquiring renewable energy contracts is not to increase our generating capacity, but rather to expand our options as we prepare for the future," commented Rowe. "We believe certain renewable resources, such as landfill methane burners, can be a part of our overall strategy to offset greenhouse gases associated with possible global warming."
 NEP currently has contracts with renewable energy suppliers accounting for 256 megawatts, or four percent of the utility's total generating capacity.
 NEP is interested in proposals from project developers who utilize state-of-the-art generating sources, which may include:
 -- A landfill gas burner that harnesses the methane naturally
 produced in landfill operations;
 -- Advanced biomass which involves the use of fast-growing hybrid
 trees as the fuel source to generate electricity, and as a
 means to balance the project's carbon dioxide emissions; and
 -- Advanced wind turbines.
 Project developers interested in further information on the solicitation should contact: Micheal Hachey, NEP manager of Alternate Energy, at 508-366-9011.
 NEP requires that proposals be submitted by April 1, 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Christine Baratta of New England Electric, 508-366-9011 (days) or 617-498-9880 (evenings)/
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