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Pepco, Regional Utilities Strongly Urge Continued Conservation

Company Again Activates Kilowatchers Program

For Immediate Release
August 9, 2001

Pepco and other PJM power pool utilities today urgently request customers to continue conserving electricity because of extremely high demand due to this week`s heat wave.

PJM companies that serve 22 million people in the mid-Atlantic region request this action to avoid implementing a voltage reduction to preserve the integrity and reliability of the power grid. A voltage reduction lowers demand because equipment and appliances will use less power to function and should not be noticeable to customers.

With today expected to be the hottest day this week, Pepco strongly urges customers to reduce electricity use from 3-7 p.m., health permitting, by using the following measures:

    • Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside their homes and businesses;
    • Postpone using major heat-producing appliances like electric stoves and clothes dryers until the cooler evening hours;
    • Set air conditioning thermostats higher than usual, and;
    • Turn off non-essential lights, appliances and equipment.

Pepco has again implemented its Kilowatchers programs today to help reduce demand. Under Kilowatchers, 162,000 residential customers volunteer to allow Pepco to cycle their air conditioners off and on periodically on weekday afternoons. More than 300 commercial and governmental customers have agreed to reduce their demand as well.

Electricity demand in the PJM region hit a record 53,910 megawatts yesterday, compared to the previous high of 53,464 megawatts set Aug. 7.

While Pepco expects to have enough electricity to meet the demands for power, the PJM regional power pool, of which Pepco is a member, may be required to initiate further operational procedures to preserve the integrity of the region`s electric power grid. The PJM pool serves all or parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Point of Contact:
Charles Taylor

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