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Subject:   Prescott to lead City Light's Power Supply
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12/20/2004  1:50:00 PM
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Prescott to lead City Light's Power Supply
Interim officers also named

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco today announced that John P. Prescott, a former vice president at Idaho Power, will lead the new Power Supply business unit at City Light.

Carrasco also announced interim leaders for the utility's other three business units. They are: Carol Everson Interim Finance officer, Bea Hughes Interim Human Services officer and Joan Walters, Interim Customer Service officer. Hardev Juj, current acting deputy superintendent of Distribution, will report to Walters as interim head of Distribution Operations, which includes transmission and distribution of electricity, the System Control Center, and the utility's security operations.

The Power Supply business unit is responsible for the two major hydroelectric systems that provide more than half of City Light's power. They include the three dams on the Skagit River and Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River. City Light also operates several other small power plants on the Cedar River, the South Fork of the Tolt, and Lucky Peak in Idaho. Finally, the utility has a diverse collection of power supply contracts. Prescott's new assignment will also include the power marketing of City Light's surplus energy, the source of about 22 percent of the utility's total revenue.

Prescott previously was the vice president of Power Supply at Idaho Power, a utility about the same size as City Light and with about the same amount of hydro generation.

"John is someone who will bring a new set of eyes and some very solid credentials to the problems we face," Carrasco said.

Prescott completed the Harvard Business School advanced management program in 2003 while at serving at Idaho Power, a position he held from 1999 until mid 2004. He served in engineering and operations positions at Idaho Power between 1982 and 1999.

Prescott's education also includes research toward a Ph.D. in Alternative Energy at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom, an M.S. in electrical engineering-power systems emphasis from University of Idaho and a B.S. in general engineering from Idaho State University. He is licensed as a professional engineer in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.

Prior to last week's announcement of the new City Light business unit structure, Joan Walters served as the deputy superintendent of the Customer Services Branch. Carol Everson is the current Finance director, and Bea Hughes has been acting director of Human Resources.

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