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"Pacific Gas and Electric" or "PG&E" when
referring to PG&E Corporation or its National Energy Group.
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Gas and Electric Company, the utility, and is not regulated by the
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and Electric Company do not have to buy products or services from
the National Energy Group in order to continue to receive quality
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SAYS NEW UNIT READY TO PROVIDE POWER DURING PEAK DEMAND
Bowling Green, OH -- PG&E
Corporation’s (NYSE:PCG) National Energy Group today announced that
it has begun operation of a 16-megawatt (MW) General Electric Frame
5 electric generator in Bowling Green, Ohio, designed to provide
power during peak demand times and help prevent power shortages.
The company plans to begin operation of a second, 30-MW generator
within the next few weeks as part of its initial efforts to meet
summer electricity demand in the year 2000. The units, which operate
using clean-burning natural gas, can be started and quickly brought
on line, enabling the company to respond to increases in power demand.
Together, the two units will be capable of delivering enough electricity
for approximately 49,000 homes.
The company has also taken
steps to minimize air emissions from the units. Selective catalytic
reduction (SCR), an emissions control technology that is considered
among the most effective available today, is being installed during
the initial startup period to lower emissions of nitrogen oxides.
The technology makes these units among the cleanest of their kind.
“These units are part of
the solution to the summer power crunch that customers in the Midwest
and Ohio are experiencing,?said Kent Fickett, senior vice president
for PG&E Corporation’s National Energy Group. “What’s more, they
are meeting this critical need while employing technology that minimizes
PG&E Corporation, with 1999
operating revenues of almost $21 billion and operations in 21 states,
markets energy services and products throughout North America through
its National Energy Group. PG&E Corporation's businesses also include
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Northern and Central California
utility that deliver natural gas and electricity to one in every
20 Americans, and Pacific Venture Capital, LLC which manages a portfolio
of investments in growing energy and telecommunications companies.