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VIRGINIA POWER JOINS EPA'S ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING PROGRAM

 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia Power became the 47th public utility to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Lights Program.
 Green Lights is a voluntary, corporate leadership program sponsored by EPA to encourage corporations, governments and others to use energy- efficient lighting. Virginia Power provides service to customers in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.
 Under the terms of its agreement with EPA, Virginia Power will assess all currently used lighting technology in its facilities. Within the next five years, the utility will install new, energy-efficient equipment wherever such changes are practical and economically feasible. In addition, Virginia Power will assist EPA in marketing the benefits of the Green Lights Program and energy-efficient lighting technologies to its industrial and commercial customers. In return, EPA will provide quality technical and communications support to Virginia Power to help the utility meet its program commitment.
 Energy-efficient lighting can reduce the demand for electricity, thereby enabling power plants to burn less fuel. Every kilowatt-hour of electricity not used prevents the emission of 1.5 pounds of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas; 5.8 grams of sulfur dioxide, a principal component of acid rain; and 2.5 grams of nitrogen oxides, precursors to acid rain and smog.
 If energy-efficient lighting were used everywhere it reasonably could be, the nation's demand for electricity could be cut by more than 10 percent. This would mean reductions of 4 to 7 percent in the emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. For carbon dioxide, energy-efficient lighting offers the same pollution prevention opportunity as taking 42 million cars off the road. This is the equivalent of one-third of all the cars in use in the United States.
 Since EPA launched Green Lights in 1991, more than 700 organizations have joined the program. These organizations have committed more than 3 billion square feet of facility space to energy-efficient lighting.
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 /CONTACT: Al Peterson of the EPA, 215-597-2994/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Virginia Power ST: Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina IN: UTI SU:

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