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SA We oo ay, 5, 2001 Utility News EE EE A recent ruling by the Fed- eral Energy Regulatory Com- mission may force Pacific Gas and Electric Company to honor a long-term power pur- chase contact with the West- ern Area Power Administra- tion. As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, PG&E attorneys argued changes in the volatile electrical market have made such contracts economically untenable PG&E asked FERC to allow the company to terminate the contracts or alter their terms. In Northeastern Califor- nia, the preliminary ruling affects the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative, which serves customers in Lassen and Plumas counties. PSREC purchases nearly all of its electricity from WAPA. The Lassen Municipal Utility District, which serves 10,000 customers in Lassen County, enjoys a 3-megawatt allocation, about 10 percent of its peak power heeds, from WAPA. The impact to PSREC in winning this FERC ruling is significant and means that there is currently no rate in- crease planned for 2002. At the same time, the rul- ing will not increase costs to PG&E's customers, as this was a wholesale transaction, and all profits from the in- creased rates to WAPA and its customers would have gone to PG&E Corporation's stockholders. The ruling, if upheld by the full commission, means that PG&E will continue to supply WAPA with power under the conditions origi- nally agreed to through 2004, the original terms of the con- tract. Earlier this year, PG&E filed ~to summarily end the terms of thex35-year contrm:t which would'have quadru- pled the price of'power sup- plied to Western, and more than doubled Plumas-Sier- ra's wholesale rate. PG&E argued that tt-re changes in the California power market mandated that PG&E could no longer serve under the contract. The WAPA and its cus- tomers argued that PG&E di- vested most of its generation facilities voluntarily and transferred the profits to PG&E's parent corporation. Despite those changes, WA- PA argued that PG&E still had an obligation. PSREC, Gridley, and the city of Palo Alto were fea- tured in the municipal utility response, due to the dramat- CATCH THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA ic impacts on the three utili- ties if PG&E were to prevail. FERC staff, the FERC Ad- ministrative Law Judge rul- ing on the case, and the en- tire FERC commission all agreed with Western and its customers. Customers of PG&E also benefited as they had access to cheap hydropower in wet years, reducing PG&E cus- tomers' costs as well. According to a press re- lease from PSREC, "Whole- sale power rates have been increasing for PSREC during the last several years, and a modest rat increase will eventually be needed, no lat- er than 2005. The timing and impact is not yet clear due to ongoing fluctuations in the California Power Market." Bob Marshall, PSREC gen- eral manager, also wanted to stress that this wasn't a dis- pute with the local opera- tional arm of PG&E. "When we described our problems with PG&E to our membership," Marshall said, "our strong disagreement is not with the local staff, which we see working won- ders with a limited budget. Our dispute is with PG&E Corporation, headquartered in San Francisco, and their efforts to raise our wholesale power costs. PG&E has worked to pre- pare for and minimize storm-related outages. Here are a number of sug- gestions to help residents get ready. Before calling PG&E about a power outage, customers may want to take some quick steps to ensure their problem is storm-related, including: Checking their own circuit breakers and/or fuse boxes to see if the problem is limit- ed only to the electrical sys- tem in their home or work- place. Checking with neighbors to see if other people are af- fected. This would help con- firm that an outage has oc- curred in their area. Some tips to follow during outage situations are: If you see a downed power line, assume it is "live" or carrying electrical current. Do not touch or try to move it--and keep childre'n and animals away. Report downed power lines immedi- ately to PG&E and call 9-1-1. Have battery.operated ra- dios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power out- ages. Have battery-operated flashlights with fresh batter- Country Burger Deep Fried Chicken Breaded Sandwich on a sour dough roll With mayo, v lettuce & tomato. Your choice of i,,._ _" sou ,es $ a- ----JeLindan & Main, Quincy ies on hand. PG&E customers do not because of the risl you must use treme caution not use candles or under lam candles away children and do canc Fill used soda bottles place them in now. 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