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.
AND ELECTRIC COMPANY INVITES NATURAL GAS SUPPLIERS AND USERS TO
REQUEST PIPELINE CAPACITY
Pacific Gas and Electric
Company today announced an open season for natural gas transmission
capacity, inviting suppliers and large commercial and industrial
users to submit requests for firm capacity service on the company's
pipelines within California.
Demand for natural gas in
California continues to grow, and interstate pipeline companies
are planning expansions that will increase flows to California from
gas producing regions in Canada and the southwestern United States.
To meet this demand, Pacific Gas and Electric Company's California
Gas Transmission department will offer more than 1.2 billion cubic
feet per day of backbone capacity on its Redwood, Baja, and Silverado
paths. The paths transport natural gas from Malin, Oregon; Topock,
Arizona; and California gas production to the company's local transmission
system and other pipelines. The open season will include 200 million
cubic feet per day of capacity from an anticipated expansion of
the Redwood Path from Malin, Oregon. The expansion is expected to
be in service by January 1, 2003.
If Pacific Gas and Electric
Company receives requests for service that exceed 1.2 billion cubic
feet per day, the company will explore additional expansions. Pacific
Gas and Electric Company is fully committed to meeting the existing
and expanding needs of its customers. Transportation rates will
be based on tariffs approved by the California Public Utilities
Commission, which regulates intrastate pipelines.
Pacific Gas and Electric
Company's intrastate pipeline system can transport more than 3 billion
cubic feet of natural gas per day. Various parties, including the
utility's Core Procurement department (which purchases gas on behalf
of residential and small business customers), hold firm capacity
rights that allow them to transport gas throughout Northern and
The open season will close
July 31, 2001. Complete open season packages will be available June
12, 2001 at www.pge.com/pipeline.