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For immediate release
September 25, 2009
For more information, contact
Patti Bogan, Chugach - 762-4736, 242-0704 MaryAnn Hanson, ML&P - 263-5423, 230-3207 Lorali Carter, MEA - 761-9266, 841-7212

Utilities join forces to expand Smart Power program

Smart Power Partners

Chugach Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) and Municipal Light & Power (ML&P) have united to help customers by expanding Smart Power, an energy-efficiency and conservation program originally established by Chugach.

As another way to encourage energy conservation, the utilities are making special pricing possible on each 4-pack of SATCO-brand compact fluorescent lights (CFL) - equal to $3 in savings. This special pricing will last through the end of 2009. Chugach, MEA and ML&P are partnering with local retailers for the special pricing. Partnering retailers include Brown's Electric, Fred Meyer, Spenard Builders Supply, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. The promotion is good at participating retail locations throughout Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley.

SATCO is a designated Energy Star Partner of the Year whose CFLs contain the lowest level of mercury of all CFLs currently being manufactured. CFLs can use up to 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.

The utilities are also sponsoring two Smart Power light emitting diode (LED) lighting workshops. Dan Webb, of SATCO Lighting, will be the presenter. The workshops are for residential and commercial customers and will also be informative for architects, engineers and design people. The first will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at MEA's Headquarters, 163 Industrial Way, in Palmer. The second will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at Chugach's Headquarters, 5601 Electron Drive in Anchorage.

For more information, visit the utilities' websites at www.chugachelectric.com, www.mea.coop and www.mlandp.com.