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PUGET POWER EXCEEDS CONSERVATION GOALS

 BELLEVUE, Wash., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Puget Sound Power & Light Co. (NYSE: PSD) exceeded its 1992 conservation goal by four average megawatts, setting a company record in energy savings. Jerry Lehenbauer, director of Conservation Services for the electric utility, said commercial, industrial and residential customers participating in Puget Power's conservation programs saved 27.92 average megawatts last year -- enough to serve about 20,400 residential homes.
 "This level of participation from our customers sets a new high watermark in the 12-plus years that the company has offered conservation programs," Lehenbauer said. "Our achievement tells us that customers are understanding more and more about the importance of conservation."
 Lehenbauer said more than 1,200 conservation projects in the commercial and industrial sectors during 1992 amounted to enough energy savings to serve 10,000 residential homes. In the commercial sector, conservation efforts include a diverse range of measures including lighting, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, equipment controls and insulation.
 For an annual energy savings of 37,500 MWh, last year Puget Power and its industrial customers completed a variety of conservation projects ranging from lighting system upgrades, heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades, and energy-efficiency improvements on manufacturing equipment. One lighting project alone saved enough energy to serve 756 homes.
 The company also has started developing multi-year plans for implementing conservation projects with larger industrial customers. "For example, we're encouraging installation of conservation measures while a company is shut down for maintenance," Lehenbauer said.
 Residential customers have participated in a variety of the company's energy conservation programs as well, resulting in energy savings of 120,000 MWh. Nearly 200,000 low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators were installed in customers' homes during 1992, and the company issued nearly 60,000 rebates for the purchase of energy-efficient lights and appliances.
 Last year, 7,500 customers participated in the residential weatherization program, which encourages homeowners to upgrade the efficiency of their homes.
 "This aggressive effort reflects the combined talents and hard work of our conservation employees working closely with trade allies and customers," Lehenbauer said. "1993 promises to be even more challenging."
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 /CONTACT: Kristen Wappler, 206-462-3744, or Melanie Granfors, 206-462-3710, both of Puget Sound Power & Light/
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