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NO RATE INCREASES IN 1993, PENNSYLVANIA POWER & LIGHT CO. CHAIRMAN SAYS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing in its pledge to keep electric rates stable, Pennsylvania Power & Light Co.'s (NYSE: PPL)(PP&L) chairman said today that the utility has no plans to increase rates in 1993.
 William F. Hecht, PP&L's chairman, president and chief executive officer, told a Harrisburg news conference that 1993 will mark the eighth year that the company has avoided a base rate increase.
 "It is our goal to postpone any base rate increase as long as possible," said Hecht. "All of us at PP&L are working hard to extend the rate stability trend of the last eight years."
 Hecht spoke with reporters prior to the company's 73rd annual shareowners meeting at the Harrisburg Marriott.
 "Rate stability is an important component of our strategic planning," said Hecht. "We believe that competitive rates will be one of the keys to success in a more competitive environment for electric utilities."
 Hecht explained that the national Energy Policy Act passed last year by Congress will have a "fundamental, long-term effect on how electric utilities operate."
 He said the act sets the tone for a restructuring of the industry.
 "The act makes it easier for non-utility companies to build power plants. It also gives the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new authority to order utilities to provide transmission service to others," said Hecht. "These new regulations mean new competition for electric utilities.
 "At PP&L, because we are a low-cost supplier of electricity, we are confident that these new regulations will provide opportunities to us," he said.
 Hecht pointed out that PP&L's 1992 sales, when adjusted for weather, increased by 2.6 percent as compared with 1991. He attributed the increase to an improvement in the service area economy as well as to PP&L's competitive rates.
 An important reason that the company is able to keep rates stable, Hecht said, is the excellent performance of its power plants. The company's fossil fuel plants were available to produce electricity about 85 percent of the time in 1992, a company record. In addition, the Susquehanna nuclear plant generated about 7 percent more electricity than had been planned in 1992.
 PP&L remains committed to marketing the efficient use of electricity.
 In 1992, Hecht said, the company announced several initiatives, including a special rate for those who purchase electric vehicles and an economic development incentive rate that encourages job creation in the service area.
 "In addition, we also announced our sponsorship of Ultra-Service Parks, facilities that offer first-class locations to advanced technology and research operations as well as corporate offices," said Hecht. "These parks will include upgraded electrical service and the availability of state-of-the-art telecommunications. We're confident


that these parks will draw important new business and jobs to Central Eastern Pennsylvania."
 The first Ultra-Service Park is located in the Wilkes-Barre area and others are planned, Hecht said.
 "Our economic development incentive rates and our sponsorship of Ultra-Service Parks are just two examples of our continuing effort to bring new jobs to Central Eastern Pennsylvania," said Hecht. "We are convinced that the way to keep PP&L prospering is by promoting sensible economic growth in the communities we serve."
 Hecht also told the news conference that PP&L is continuing in its efforts to be responsive to the concerns of the public. He noted that the company is recommitting itself to environmental responsibility.
 "We must provide service to our customers in ways that protect the environment today and for future generations," said Hecht. "At PP&L, we won't just do what we are required to do to protect the environment. We will do what is the right thing to do. Often, that means going beyond what the regulations require."
 Hecht also said that PP&L is committed to addressing public concerns about electric and magnetic fields around power lines. "Although current scientific evidence does not demonstrate a health problem related to EMF, we are responding constructively to public concerns through activities like information meetings and by offering to measure EMF levels in homes and businesses."
 In addition, he said, PP&L is designing and installing new facilities in ways that reduce EMFs.
 PP&L supplies electricity to a 10,000-square-mile area of 29 counties in central eastern Pennsylvania. Among the communities it serves are Allentown, Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lancaster, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport.
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