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.
PLANT BEGINS COMMERCIAL SERVICE
McADAMS, Miss.-PG&E Corporation's
(NYSE: PCG) National Energy Group announced today that its Attala
Generating Plant entered commercial service this morning.
The new power plant, located
in central Mississippi's Attala County roughly 75 miles north-northeast
of Jackson, is capable of producing 500 megawatts of electricity,
enough to power about half-a-million homes. The combined-cycle,
natural gas-fired power generating facility is a "merchant" plant,
selling electricity competitively to the region's various utilities
and other purchasers via the Entergy transmission lines.
The Attala Generating Plant
was completed ahead of schedule. Since construction began in March
2000, Attala Generating has contributed more than $50 million to
the region's economy in wages, subcontracts and local purchases.
The plant currently employs 26 people.
Attala Generating Company,
LLC, is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of PG&E National Energy
Group, which develops, owns and operates electric generating and
gas pipeline facilities and provides energy trading, marketing and
risk-management services. The National Energy Group is headquartered
in Bethesda, Md.