PG&E Corporation Adds Second Wind Power Facility To Portfolio Answering Calls For New, Clean Generation In The West


Bethesda, Md. - PG&E Corporation's (NYSE: PCG) National Energy Group (NEG) today announced that it will acquire, at commercial operation, a 44.4-megawatt wind power facility located in the San Gorgonio Pass of Riverside County, California, near the City of Palm Springs. The project will be purchased from Seawest WindPower, Inc., and is expected to enter commercial operation in the spring of 2001.

Mountain View Power Partners, LLC adds renewable power to the expanding portfolio of new natural gas-fueled plants that the company is currently building to serve Western power markets.

"It is a natural fit to add this emission-free, renewable energy resource to our Western generation portfolio," said Thomas B. King, president and chief operating officer of the National Energy Group's Western Region.

The facility will consist of 74 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) MWT600 wind turbine generators. Each generator is capable of producing 600-kilowatts of electricity, for a total of 44.4 megawatts of power, about enough to meet the needs of 25,000 homes.

According to V. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, wind projects have become more practical due to legislation passed in 1997. State Senator Byron Sher authored SB 90, a bill that would provide financial incentives for energy companies to develop renewable projects such as wind power. "I applaud PG&E Corporation for recognizing the role renewable facilities such as wind power can play in meeting the state's energy needs," said White.

The Mountain View Project marks the company's second venture into wind generation and will join the Company's innovative marketing campaign known as Pure Windsm. Earlier this month, the National Energy Group completed construction of its first Pure Windsm project, a seven-turbine, 11.5-megawatt wind facility in Madison County, New York. The Madison Wind Project is the first merchant wind project east of the Mississippi River.

Customers of both projects may purchase Pure Windsm Certificates representing the environmental attributes associated with each megawatt-hour of wind-generated power delivered to the grid. By linking the customer's purchase directly with a new windpower facility, the certificates provide flexibility to validate marketing claims, demonstrate stewardship, and capture the value of avoided emissions.

Pure Windsm customers include environmental organizations, such as Natural Resources Defense Council and commercial enterprises, such as Kinko's.

PG&E Corporation, with 1999 revenues of nearly $21 billion and operations in 21 states, markets energy services and products throughout North America through its National Energy Group. The Corporation has ownership and management interests in more than 30 power plants, and has one of the largest energy trading and risk management programs in North America.


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