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NEW JERSEY BECOMES FIRST STATE WITH ALL ITS ELECTRIC UTILITIES IN EPA'S GREEN LIGHTS PROGRAM TO SAVE ENERGY AND REDUCE POLLUTION

     NEW JERSEY BECOMES FIRST STATE WITH ALL ITS ELECTRIC UTILITIES
   IN EPA'S GREEN LIGHTS PROGRAM TO SAVE ENERGY AND REDUCE POLLUTION
    NEW YORK, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey's four electric utility companies have joined the Green Lights program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for energy savings and pollution reductions, making New Jersey  the first state in the nation to have all of its electric utilities in the program.
    The companies, Public Service Electric and Gas, Rockland Electric Company, Jersey Central Power and Light, and Atlantic Electric, agree to survey their facilities and install new lighting systems where energy and cost savings can be achieved.  In addition, they will aid their customers to do the same.  Program members can also access EPA's computer-based Green Lights support system.
    EPA Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff said, "About 20 to 25 percent of all electricity used in the United States is for lighting.  However, that could be cut in half if energy efficient lighting were used, wherever profitable.  Pollution and other emissions from power generators would also be reduced and the country would save 250 billion kilowatt-hours per year equaling almost $20 billion."
    Atlantic Electric Company is an investor-owned utility serving southern New Jersey.  James J. Lees, its vice president of marketing and rates, stated that "Atlantic Electric is proud to join forces with EPA to encourage energy efficient lighting.  Our company has been promoting efficient lighting through a number of customer incentive programs. Under our Save-A-Watt program, we offer rebates to commercial and industrial customers who replace inefficient lighting systems.  We've also worked with almost every municipality in our service territory to replace older street lights with new efficient models."
    Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) serves 900,000 customers in
13 New Jersey counties.   "We are pleased to be a part of this unprecedented partner ship whose goal is the more efficient use of energy for lighting," said JCP&L's Eugene J. McCarthy, vice president - customer services and marketing.  "We look forward to taking advantage of such opportunities while conserving precious natural resources." Rockland Electric Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange and Rockland Utilities.  It serves 61,680 electric customers in northern Bergen, Passaic and Sussex counties.  "One way we aim to attain the Green Lights Program goals of energy savings and pollution reduction is through our "Switching to Savings" program, said Victor J. Blanchet, Jr., president and chief operating officer of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.  "A commercial lighting rebate program like "Switching" is one reason why since 1986 our demand side management programs have produced an annualized energy savings of 65 million kilowatt-hours, 19 percent of which was realized in New Jersey alone."
    Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is the state's largest electric utility, servicing two million customers in all or parts of eleven counties.  Thomas M. Crimmins, senior vice president - customer operations, said, "PSE&G is extremely pleased to join EPA and New Jersey's other electric utilities in promoting energy efficiency through the Green Lights program.  The message of Green Lights is that today's advanced technologies can maintain and even enhance the quality of life while using less energy and less of our precious environmental resources.  PSE&G is proud that New Jersey is taking a leadership role in Green Lights.  We'll continue working with EPA as well as New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection and Energy and the Board of Regulatory Commissioners in developing initiatives that maximize the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency."
    Efficient lighting can produce brighter lighting with less energy, contribute to a more productive workplace, and create less heat thereby reducing the demand for air conditioning.
    EPA launched the Green Lights Program in 1991 as a voluntary, non- regulatory program to encourage U.S. corporations, utilities, states and local governments to adopt energy-efficient lighting as a profitable means of pollution prevention.  Several hundred Green Lights partners have already joined in the program across the country.
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    /CONTACT:  Herman Phillips of EPA, 212-264-2515; Ron Zucca of Atlantic, 609-645-4858; George Koodray of JCP&L, 201-455-8594; Neil Brown of PSE&G, 201-430-6017; or Mike Donovan of Rockland, 914-577-2430/ CO:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST:  New Jersey IN: SU: SM -- NY044 -- 9961 01/15/92 11:37 EST
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