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For Immediate Release


Pepco and PJM Urge Customers to Conserve Electricity

Frigid Temperatures Push Electricity Use to a High

Washington, D.C. - Because of extremely high demand for electricity, Pepco and PJM are urging customers to conserve electricity. Pepco is taking the critical action at the direction of PJM Interconnection, the electric power grid operator for the region. At this time, PJM is implementing all emergency procedures to ensure all generation is available. PJM's call for conservation was promoted by extremely high demand for electricity because of continuing frigid weather and the weather-related loss of generation.

The request is being made throughout the region served by PJM.

Pepco and PJM ask customers to conserve electricity, if health permits. Customers can take these simple electricity conservation steps:

•Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits
•Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
•Gather in a central room where you have alternative heat. At night, cover windows with drapes or blankets to minimize heat loss. During the day, open blinds to let sun warm the space.

Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies. Pepco and PJM will continue to carefully monitor power supply conditions.

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