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REPOWERED BURLINGTON GENERATING STATION PUT INTO SERVICE BY PSE&G

 NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company's (PSE&G) Burlington Generating Station, repowered with new state-of-the-art technology, officially began service today at a dedication ceremony attended by state, local and company officials.
 Dr. Edward Salmon, president of the N.J. Board of Regulatory Commissioners (BRC); Mayor Joseph D. Foy of Burlington Township; and Mayor Robert Vandegrift of Burlington City joined PSE&G Chairman E. James Ferland and President Lawrence R. Codey in marking the project's completion and official start-up.
 The repowering project involved installation of the latest natural gas fired, combined-cycle electric generating equipment. The new technology produces 75 more megawatts of electricity along with a dramatic reduction in air and water emissions.
 The project, Ferland said, "represents not only state-of-the-art technology but state-of-the-art thinking on the part of government, industry and regulators about how to set objectives, solve problems, serve the citizens of our state and preserve the quality of life for our children."
 Codey said the Burlington project "is a key part of PSE&G's program to support New Jersey's economy with low-cost, environmentally sound energy." The station, he said, "will help PSE&G and New Jersey meet the economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century."
 The new technology installed at Burlington, Ferland said, will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, a major component of ozone pollution, by 98 percent; reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 85 percent; and also cut substantially emissions of other pollutants. In addition, the discharge of heated water into the Delaware River will be reduced and fuel costs will be cut approximately in half, with the savings passed on to customers.
 The system installed at Burlington includes eight high-efficiency, low-emission industrial combustion turbines, which produce electricity directly, and a heat recovery steam generator that makes steam to drive an existing steam turbine, producing additional power.
 "The repowering of Burlington Generating Station," Ferland said, "is an important project for PSE&G, for our neighbors in Burlington County, and for New Jersey's energy future." He praised the cooperation afforded PSE&G by state and local officials in gaining necessary approvals for construction of the new equipment. The $135 million project was completed for testing in June and is now ready for service.
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 /CONTACT: Neil Brown, corporate communications of PSE&G, 201-430-6017/
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