Directors of Green Mountain Power Corporation(NYSE:GMP) announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share onthe utility’s Common Stock, payable December 31, 2002, to holders ofrecord at the close of business on December 14, 2002. The new indicatedannual dividend rate is $0.76, an increase over the previous indicatedannual rate of $0.55. The increased dividend payment is contingent on thesuccessful issuance of long-term debt, which is expected to be completedon or about December 16, 2002.The Company has arranged to issue $42 million in first mortgagebonds, with an average life of 12 years. This transaction, which willreplace substantially all of the Company’s short-term and intermediateterm debt, will satisfy the conditions set by the Vermont Public ServiceBoard for the Company to increase its dividend.In 1997 and 1998, faced with difficult financial results, theCompany reduced its dividend. “We have maintained an indicated annualdividend of 55 cents per share as we worked to restore the Company tofinancial health,” said Christopher L. Dutton, President and ChiefExecutive Officer. “With solid financial results achieved in 2001 and2002 following the Vermont Public Service Board’s January 2001 orderapproving a rate settlement that provided for full power supply costrecovery in rates, with the successful repurchase of common stock in thelast month, and with our scheduled issuance of long-term debt later thismonth, we now conclude that we are on solid ground to increase thedividend. The Company believes that, in light of the general practice inthe utility industry, it should pay out 50 percent to 60 percent ofanticipated earnings in dividends. Over the course of the next severalyears, we intend to increase our dividend in a measured, consistent mannerto this payout range, which we will sustain so long as our financialhealth seems assured. As earnings grow, of course, the opportunity forhigher dividend increases is presented.”Regular quarterly dividends of $1.1875 per share were also declaredpayableMarch 1, 2003, to holders of record at the close of business February 13,2003, of the Company’s 4.75% Class B Preferred Stock.Green Mountain Power Corporation (greenmountainpower.biz) is aVermont-based energy services company serving 87,000 electric customers.