EDITORS: Please do not use
"Pacific Gas and Electric" or "PG&E" when
referring to PG&E Corporation or its National Energy Group.
The PG&E National Energy Group is not the same company as Pacific
Gas and Electric Company, the utility, and is not regulated by the
California Public Utilities Commission. Customers of Pacific Gas
and Electric Company do not have to buy products or services from
the National Energy Group in order to continue to receive quality
regulated services from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
STATEMENT ON FEDERAL COURT CASE
San Francisco, CA -- Pacific
Gas and Electric Company today issued the following statement on
its federal court case:
"Upon initial review, it
appears the court rejected the arguments the California Public Utilities
Commission made to dismiss our federal lawsuit, except on the issue
of 'ripeness.' The court determined that our lawsuit was premature
because the CPUC had not yet finalized its various decisions on
PG&E's request for recovery of its costs to purchase wholesale power.
"The court said that we
may re-file the lawsuit once the CPUC decisions become final. Today's
action allows us to continue to pursue the merits of the case on
a timely basis."