PG&E increases renewable energy resources for its customers

San Francisco, CA, Mar. 20, 2007 — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) announced that it received approval from the CPUC to enter into four new power purchase agreements from three renewable projects and one cogeneration facility. The three renewable projects — two hydroelectric, a biogas, and a combined heat and power generator — will generate more than one megawatt of renewable power for PG&E’s customers. The cogeneration facility will add another megawatt of power to PG&E’s power portfolio.

Among the four new contracts, PG&E announced its third biogas project in the past five months. The Eden Vale Dairy project, located in Kings County, will deliver 150 kilowatts of power throughout PG&E’s service area. Biogas provides PG&E customers with a clean and renewable energy source, provides the dairy farmers in PG&E’s service area with a new source of revenue.

PG&E also announced two hydroelectric projects in El Dorado County that when fully operational, will deliver one megawatt of power to its customers. Starting in June 2007, the Tunnel Hill Hydro and Buckeye Hydroelectric projects will deliver 600 kilowatts and 400 kilowatts respectively.

The fourth approved contract is for a combined heat and power cogeneration facility. The contract, with San Joaquin County’s J.R. Simplot Co., will deliver one megawatt of power generated by waste heat from sulfuric acid manufacturing.

PG&E currently supplies 12 percent of its energy from qualifying renewable sources under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Renewable power sources in PG&E’s portfolio include solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and small hydroelectric.

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