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VIRGINIA POWER JOINS EPA'S GREEN LIGHTS CONSERVATION PROGRAM

 RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Virginia Power today announced a $3.5 million initiative to reduce the company's energy consumption by installing high-efficiency lighting throughout its facilities.
 Virginia Power and EPA officials have signed an agreement enrolling the company in the EPA's highly acclaimed Green Lights program. Under the agreement, Virginia Power will conduct an extensive review of its lighting needs and install new, high-efficiency equipment wherever such a change is found to be feasible and economical. The project will take place over five years.
 Green Lights is a major EPA effort to encourage corporations, governments and other institutions to install high-efficiency lighting. Begun in 1991, the voluntary program seeks to reduce power plant emissions, improve national economic competitiveness and promote economic growth through the more efficient use of energy.
 "We are proud of our efforts to help our customers use energy more efficiently, and our participation in Green Lights underscores this commitment," said James T. Rhodes, Virginia Power president and chief executive officer. "It will benefit our company, our customers and the environment by helping us conserve energy, hold down operating costs and avoid unnecessary emissions."
 As a Utility Ally in the Green Lights program, Virginia Power will spend as much as $3.5 million over the five-year period to survey more than 70 company facilities in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia and install new energy efficient lighting. The project could result in annual energy savings of between 10 million and 30 million kilowatt hours.
 Virginia Power will also help EPA publicize the benefits of the Green Lights program and efficient lighting and will furnish information to its customers about the benefits and availability of efficient lighting.
 In return, EPA will help Virginia Power analyze options for upgrading its lighting and provide the company with informational material and assistance in the promotion of efficient lighting.
 Virginia Power's participation in Green Lights was the first recommendation made by the company's new Energy Efficiency Group, created last year to increase the company's emphasis on the efficient use of electricity. The Green Lights program is part of a continuing Virginia Power effort to reduce its energy use and hold down costs. Since 1986, Virginia Power has installed new energy efficient equipment at several facilities. The changes have so far lowered the company's energy demand by approximately 11.7 million kilowatt hours and have provided estimated net savings of more than $469,000.
 More than 346,000 Virginia Power customers now participate in the company's programs to conserve electricity or manage the demand for it. The company will announce more energy efficiency initiatives later this year. Virginia Power also is now examining ways to promote the use of high efficiency lighting by its customers.
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 /CONTACT: William H. Byrd, Virginia Power, 804-771-6115/
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