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PUC APPROVES PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY PLAN TO UPGRADE POWER
SYSTEM IN TRI-VALLEY
Project Crucial to Meet
Area's Growing Electricity Needs
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California
Public Utilities Commission today approved Pacific Gas and Electric
Company's Tri-Valley 2002 Capacity Increase Project. By a 3-2 vote,
the CPUC adopted Commissioner Wood's Alternate Proposed Decision
that effectively overturns a previous decision by one of the Commission's
administrative law judges and reaffirms much of what Pacific Gas
and Electric Company had originally planned for the Tri-Valley project.
"We are heartened that the
CPUC finally agrees with the core components of the original proposal
that Pacific Gas and Electric Company submitted more than two years
ago. We can now go ahead with our plan to meet the rapidly growing
power needs of families and businesses in the Tri-Valley," said
Wil Hardee, Director of Public Affairs for Pacific Gas and Electric
"Now that our Tri-Valley
capacity project has been approved, the hard-working men and women
of Pacific Gas and Electric Company look forward to rolling up their
sleeves and getting to work," continued Hardee.
"Pacific Gas and Electric
Company understands how vital this project is to the continued economic
health of the Tri-Valley and our goal is to get this project up
and running as quickly as possible."
Included in the Certificate
of Public Convenience and Necessity that the CPUC approved today
is authorization for new electrical substations in North Livermore
and Dublin along with the necessary transmission lines.
The Tri-Valley upgrade is
designed to ensure continued reliability of the region's electric
power system for the area's residents and businesses. Communities
to be served by this project include the cities of Dublin, Livermore,
Pleasanton, and San Ramon, as well as neighboring unincorporated
parts of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Over the past 20 years,
the Tri-Valley region has experienced a significant increase in
demand on the area's electric power system. Demand for electricity
in the Tri-Valley region has reached 98.6% of the system's capacity.
Taking into consideration the Tri-Valley region's existing residents
and businesses, along with the development that has already been
approved by local governments, electrical demand may soon exceed
the system's capacity.
Hardee praised local officials
for their role in helping make the Tri-Valley 2002 Capacity Increase
Project a reality. "I commend the vision and leadership provided
by the Tri-Valley Business Council, City of Dublin, City of San
Ramon and the City of Livermore. Without their support and dedication,
this project would not have been successful," said Hardee. "When
the community and Pacific Gas and Electric Company work together,
good things can happen."