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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov Docket #: Res E-4229 and Res E-4222

CPUC TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARD STATE'S RENEWABLE ENERGY GOAL WITH APPROVAL OF RENEWABLE CONTRACTS

SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2009 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved two renewable energy contracts for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), furthering the state's progress towards its 2010 and 2020 renewable energy goals.

The table below provides a brief explanation of the projects:

Generating Facility

Type

Term Years

MW Capacity

Annual Deliveries

Online Date

Project Location

Hatchet Ridge

New - Wind

15 years

78-103 MW

227-303 GWh

12/31/2009

Burney, Shasta County

High Plains Solar Farms

New -

Solar PV

25, plus a 3 year phase-in period

210 MW

550 GWh

12/31/2012

(Phasing in 1/1/2010 to

12/31/2012)

Carrizo Plain, San Luis Obispo County

Through its agreement with Hatchet Ridge, PG&E will receive deliveries equal to approximately 227-303 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy per year, depending on the final capacity contracted by PG&E. Generation at the new wind facility, which will be located in Shasta County, Calif., is expected to begin at the end of 2009, thus contributing to PG&E's 2010 Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal.

Through its agreement with High Plains Solar Farms, PG&E will receive deliveries equal to approximately 550 GWh of energy per year. The project, which is owned by SunPower, Inc., will generate electricity using monocrystalline silicon solar photovoltaic panels and will be located in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.

The CPUC's RPS Program requires Investor Owned Utilities, Energy Service Providers, and Community Choice Aggregators operating in California to obtain 20 percent of their retail sales from renewable energy sources by 2010. On November 17, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed an Executive Order (S-14-08), which established a 33 percent by 2020 RPS goal.

For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.

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