March 1, 2004

ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 1, 2004 — Medical Baseline Allocation can help qualified Southern California Edison (SCE) customers lower their electric bills.  Residential customers who have qualifying illnesses or medical conditions can sign up for the program, which provides additional electricity at lower “baseline” rates.

“Full-time residents who require electrically powered medical life support equipment, or have an illness that requires heating and/or cooling may qualify for Medical Baseline Allocation,” said SCE Manager of Consumer Affairs Suzanne Middelburg. 

Additionally, customers who are paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic, have multiple sclerosis or scleroderma, are under treatment for a life threatening illness or have a compromised immune system may also qualify.  Certification by a doctor is required.

“To ensure health and safety during extended power outages, all SCE customers who depend on electrically operated life support equipment for survival should be prepared with a back-up power system or alternate plan to move to a location that has power with the help of a friend or family member,” Middelburg added.

To learn more about Medical Baseline Allocation, or to receive an application, please visit or call SCE at (800) 655-4555.

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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 4.5 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.