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POLL: VERMONTERS STRONGLY SUPPORT THE HYDRO-QUEBEC CONTRACT

 POLL: VERMONTERS STRONGLY SUPPORT THE HYDRO-QUEBEC CONTRACT
 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Mountain Power Corporation's (NYSE: GMP) general counsel told a group of business people meeting here today that opposition to Vermont's purchase of Hydro-Quebec power is coming only from a minority of Vermonters. A strong majority, he said, correctly view the power purchase as the best economic and environmental choice available to the state.
 "The Becker poll released Monday clearly confirms our view," said GMP General Counsel Christopher Dutton. "We've known for a long time that the Hydro-Quebec contract made sense, and we've known that our own customers favored the power purchase. The Becker poll just shows that the support is statewide and that contrary to what some people say, it is not a case of business versus the public."
 The poll released by the Becker Institute found that 63 percent of Vermonters favored the purchase by Vermont utilities of power from Hydro-Quebec as part of the state's long-term power supply strategy. Moreover, the poll found that the power contract is favored by a solid majority on both the "left" and the "right," as defined by Becker. On the political "left," 59 percent favored the power contract, and on the "right," 76 percent.
 Dutton was speaker for a luncheon meeting sponsored by GMP for area business people and customers of the company. Each year GMP holds community sessions in each district in its service territory.
 Dutton noted that the Hydro-Quebec contract has been approved by three governors, by the Public Service Department and the Public Service Board. Opponents, he said, have refused to accept the verdicts in these forums, however, and recently have tried to make the power purchase part of the current political campaign.
 "The Becker poll," Dutton said, "should show that the Hydro-Quebec contract is favored by the people who live in Vermont."
 The support for Hydro-Quebec is not surprising, he said, because it clearly is an economic way to meet Vermont's energy needs. The Canadian power will simply replace other electricity sources that Vermont will lose as contracts expire over the next few years.
 He said Hydro-Quebec power is 54 percent cheaper than power from a wood-fired plant being built in Ryegate; 18 percent cheaper that a gas-fired plant proposed for Williston; and 49 percent cheaper that another natural gas-fired plant proposed for East Georgia.
 "And these savings," he said, "don't take into account the 'cost' of making electricity by burning fossil fuels."
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 /CONTRACT: Christopher L. Dutton, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Green Mountain Power Corporation, 802-660-5771/
 (GMP) CO: Green Mountain Power Corporation ST: Vermont IN: UTI SU:


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