April 19, 2004

ROSEMEAD, Calif., April 19, 2004 —Southern California Edison (SCE) has received a  Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

SCE was one of 29 recipients worldwide recognized for their efforts in protecting the earth’s climate and ozone layer.  SCE was honored for the capture and recovery of 23 tons of ozone-depleting materials through the company’s refrigerator and freezer recycling program.

“By participating in our recycling and rebate program, customers can enjoy annual energy cost savings up to $170 by replacing a main unit with an energy-efficient one,” said Pam Bass, SCE's senior vice president of customer service.   “By turning in a spare freezer or refrigerator, customers can annually save up to $260, and, at the same time, have a significant impact on California's energy conservation efforts."
 
Through SCE’s residential appliance recycling program, customers are paid to turn in their unwanted, working refrigerators or freezers.  SCE hauls away the old appliances at no cost to the customer. 
 
Older, less-efficient appliances use more energy and, therefore, cost more to operate than newer, ENERGY STAR®-rated appliances.  The use of energy-efficient appliances can significantly reduce California’s need to build new power plants. 

 Partnering with Appliance Recycling Centers of America Inc. (ARCA), SCE’s refrigerator recycling program has retired more than 400,000 inefficient appliances since the program’s inception in 1994. The program has also created nearly 100 jobs in Compton, an economically challenged community in SCE’s service territory.

ARCA, SCE’s contractor, uses a special technique to recover chlorofluorocarbons from polyurethane foam insulation that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere. The recovered material is then used to service refrigeration equipment.

“This year’s Climate and Stratospheric Ozone Protection award winners are showing yet again that when they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many good things happen,” said Kathleen Hogan, director, EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “We have lower energy costs, reduced traffic congestion, and cleaner air.”   

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An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 12 million via 4.6 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.