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Child Welfare League of America Honors Unisource Energy as Corporate Advocate of the Year

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Joyce Johnson
Phone: 804/492-4519
Cell: 703/980-7641
E-mail: jjohnson@cwla.org

February 28, 2006, Washington, DC -- UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS) of Tucson, Ariz., has been named by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) as its Corporate Advocate of the Year. UniSource Energy was honored for its dedication of corporate resources and employee volunteer efforts in support of charitable organizations that serve children and families.

"UniSource Energy's commitment to child welfare and community well-being stands out and should be emulated by every corporation in America," said Shay Bilchik, CWLA's President & CEO. We are extremely pleased to honor UniSource Energy with CWLA's Corporate Advocate of the Year Award."
The award will be presented to UniSource Energy at CWLA's 86th Anniversary Gala Dinner, to be held during CWLA's National Conference in Washington, DC. The conference annually attracts nearly 1,500 child advocates, representatives from Capitol Hill, national child-serving organizations, foster parents and child welfare professionals from across the country. Bright House Networks Tampa Division, and Jordan's Furniture of Avon, Mass., will be recognized alongside UniSource Energy as Corporate Friends of Children.
UniSource Energy Corporation was nominated for this award by Arizona's Children Association, a CWLA member agency. "Arizona's Children Association is proud to be a partner of this company. UniSource Energy is outstanding in its commitment to children, youth, and families and is deserving of this award," said Fred Chaffee, President and CEO, Arizona's Children Association.

"Children and families represent the heart of any community, so it's only natural that they stand at the core of our community service program," said James S. Pignatelli, Chairman, President and CEO of UniSource Energy. "Our employees have contributed countless hours toward the well-being of local families, and we're happy to provide corporate resources to support their efforts."

Criteria used by CWLA in the selection of the awardees include: personnel and management policies that promote the well-being of its employees; giving and philanthropic activities that benefit children, youth, and families outside the family; corporate products that are not harmful to children and families or their physical and cultural environment; and a sustained pattern of national, state, or local activities that benefit children, families, and the community.

About UniSource Energy Corporation
UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS) is the parent company of Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) and UniSource Energy Services (UES), which combine to deliver safe, reliable energy to more than 600,000 Arizona customers. TEP provides electric service to more than 380,000 customers in the Tucson metropolitan area. UES provides electric service and natural gas to more than 220,000 customers in northern and southern Arizona. For more information about UniSource Energy, visit www.uns.com.

About Arizona's Children Association
Arizona's Children Association was founded in 1912, as Arizona Children's Home, by a group of community leaders in Tucson, Prescott, Bisbee, Globe Miami, Phoenix and Yuma, as an orphanage to care for the state's parentless children. Arizona Children's Home changed its name to Arizona's Children Association in 1997. Today, Arizona's Children Association is the state's largest and oldest non-profit, full-service child welfare and behavioral health agency. For additional information, visit www.arizonaschildren.org.


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