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PUGET POWER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF EPRI BOARD

PUGET POWER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF EPRI BOARD
 PALO ALTO, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI):
 The Electric Power Research Institute's board of directors yesterday elected John W. Ellis to serve a one-year term as its chairman. Ellis is chairman and chief executive officer of Puget Sound Power & Light Co. (NYSE: PSD) headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. The election took place at the Institute's annual meeting held in Washington, D.C.
 Ellis, 63, served as vice chairman of the 24-member board during the previous term, and succeeds E. James Ferland, president and chief executive officer of Public Service Electric & Gas Co. in Newark, N.J. Donald R. Norris, president and general manager of East Kentucky Power Cooperative, will succeed Ellis as vice chairman.
 Ellis joined Puget Power as vice president in 1970. He became president and chief executive officer in 1976 and chairman in 1987. Ellis joined the company after a 17-year career as an attorney with the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie. For eight of those 17 years, Ellis served as chief counsel for Puget Power. He is a graduate of the University of Washington Law School and a member of the Washington State and American Bar Associations.
 Ellis and EPRI have a long-standing partnership in the development of science and technology for the electric utility industry. Ellis served a previous board term from 1984 to 1989, and was highly supportive in the founding of EPRI in the early 1970s. While working as an attorney, he was instrumental in developing the concept of a privately funded research and development consortium. At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing held in 1972, Ellis successfully argued that the private sector could best provide electricity research and development.
 In addition to his role on EPRI's board, Ellis is a past chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an association of investor- owned utilities. He further served as chairman of the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee in 1979, director of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies from 1988-1991 and director of the National Energy Foundation from 1985-1987.
 Currently, Ellis is a director of Washington Mutual Savings Bank, SAFECO Corp., FlowMole Corp., Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited (AEGIS) and Powertech Labs Inc. He was recently named a Regent of Washington State University, and serves on the Governor's Council for Education Reform and Funding.
 Ellis has been especially active in economic development and education in his home state. He has served as chairman of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, past chairman of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Washington Roundtable, and founding chairman of the Seattle-King County Economic Development Council. He is also a member of the board of trustees for Seattle University where he chairs the 21st Century Campaign, and recently led a successful four-year campaign that privately funded a city park in downtown Bellevue. Ellis also is president of The Baseball Club of Seattle, a group of investors seeking ownership of the American League Seattle Mariners baseball franchise.
 He has received numerous awards and honors, including Seattle's First Citizen presented by the Seattle-King County Board of Realtors in 1987, the Citizen of the Year Award from the Municipal League of Seattle and King County in 1984, the University of Washington Law School Alumni of the Year Award and the Frederick T. Haley Leadership in Education Award.
 Ellis is a native of Seattle. He and his wife Doris live in Bellevue and have four children.
 EPRI, founded in 1972, manages the technical research and development programs for the electric utility industry to improve power production, distribution and use. Some 680 utilities are members of the Institute.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: A photo of John Ellis is available on request.
 /CONTACT: Laury Olson of the Electric Power Research Institute, 415-855-2764/
 (PSD) CO: Electric Power Research Institute; Puget Sound Power & Light Co. ST: Washington, California IN: UTI SU: PER


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