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PUGET POWER SUBMITS NEW CONSERVATION TARIFF TO WUTC

 BELLEVUE, Wash., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning April 1, Puget Sound Power & Light Co. (NYSE: PSD) will change funding levels for certain conservation measures and programs. Requested by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC), the changes will result in a new test to ensure cost-effectiveness of conservation programs.
 "Puget Power remains as committed to conservation as ever," said Jerry Lehenbauer, director of the electric utility's Conservation Services department. "However, the revised tariff, called Schedule 83, reflects the WUTC's request that we use a total resource cost test (TRC) in evaluating conservation programs."
 The TRC requires that all costs associated with a conservation measure must be considered when determining cost-effectiveness. This means total funding provided by Puget Power and its customers must not exceed the value of the benefits received from the conservation measure. Benefits include energy savings, increased comfort and reduced operating costs.
 Although some conservation measures, such as retrofit thermostats, retrofit insulated doors and heat pumps currently do not meet the TRC, the company said it is willing to re-evaluate them in the future.
 The tariff allows Puget Power to pilot new projects it thinks will become cost-effective in the future. Lehenbauer said this leaves the door open for continued research and development and ensures that most cost-effective technologies are available to Puget Power's customers.
 "Most of our measures, such as funding assistance toward the cost of conservation in new construction, have proven to be very cost-effective both for Puget Power and our customers," Lehenbauer said.
 For funding proposals made to customers under the current tariff, Puget Power will set several grace periods before customers must complete the conservation measure.
 For conservation measures that cost less to install than the value of the electricity savings, there will be little change in funding, Lehenbauer said. But there will be a reduction in funding for some measures that cost more than the electricity savings alone. "Although the TRC may result in less customer participation in our more expensive conservation measures, Puget Power is still committed to conservation," Lehenbauer said. "Our goal is to make sure it continues to be cost- effective."
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 /CONTACT: Kristen Wappler, 206-462-3744, or Melanie Granfors, 206-462-3710, both of Puget Power/
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