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PUGET POWER NAMED ASA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

 OLYMPIA, Wash., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society on Aging (ASA) has awarded Puget Sound Power & Light Co. (NYSE: PSD) its National Business of the Year award in recognition of the company's numerous community services for the elderly, Puget Power said today.
 Puget Power was nominated by Charles Reed, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) assistant secretary for Aging and Adult Services. "Puget Power's programs for the elderly are valuable and needed in the community," according to Reed. "The company recognizes that to be a caring and responsible part of the communities it serves, it must provide cost-effective services that reach beyond the delivery of electricity."
 Programs like Gatekeeper and Youth Gatekeeper are designed to assist vulnerable, older people who need help and may be unable or unwilling to get it for themselves. The Energy Fund helps customers who are having trouble paying their electricity bills, and the Free Low-Income Weatherization program helps customers reduce consumption through conservation. The employee volunteer Language Bank provides translation assistance to non English-speaking customers, many of whom are senior citizens.
 "Even though we are not a social service agency, we know there are ways we can ease the burdens of older, fixed-income people, many of whom have been our customers for decades," said Tony Bosmans, manager, Special Customer Programs. "Over the last 10 years we've brought diverse groups together with the common goal of providing cost-effective programs and services to the at-risk older customer."
 Puget Power has set up partnerships with numerous community organizations in administering its programs for the aging. It also communicates regularly with elderly customers to keep them aware of the help available in publications such as "Safety and the Older Consumer" and "Energy Sourcebook for Seniors."
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 /CONTACT: Charles Reed of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, 206-586-3768; or Melanie Granfors of Puget Sound Power & Light, 206-462-3710/
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