Pacific Gas and Electric signs new power agreements

Los Angeles, October 2, 2009 — California-based Pacific Gas and Electric signed power agreements for more than 2,000 MW. The agreements will boost the utility’s use of natural gas-fired power and solar power.

The power-purchase deals include contracts for more than 830 MW of power from solar developers. The names of the developers and the value of the contracts were not disclosed.

California utilities must meet a state mandate to produce 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2010.

PG&E wants to buy power from two new natural gas-fired plants. The plants are the 719 MW plant near Antioch, owned by a unit of Mirant Corp. and a 586 MW air-cooled plant in Oakley. The plants are slated for completion in mid-2013 and 2014, respectively.

The utility also plans to buy more power from an existing plant in Kern County owned by Midway Sunset Cogeneration Co.

The natural gas-fired power purchase agreements are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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