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PG&E Dedicates Colusa Generating Station in Maxwell State-of-the-Art Facility Boosts Local Economy and Helps Meet California's Clean Energy Goals

Release Date: November 15, 2011
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today dedicated the Colusa Generating Station, a 657-megawatt (MW) electric generating facility near the community of Maxwell in Colusa County. It provides enough safe and reliable energy to meet the needs of more than half a million PG&E residential customers.

Colusa Generation Station is among the cleanest natural-gas-fueled power plants in California. It utilizes several environmentally friendly technologies, including 'dry cooling', which uses 97 percent less water than a conventional water cooling system. Compared to older natural gas-fired plants, Colusa yields 35 percent less carbon dioxide for every megawatt-hour of power it produces due to its higher efficiency and low emissions technologies.

"Colusa Generating Station is the latest resource in PG&E's portfolio to build a clean energy future for our customers," said Randy Livingston, vice president of power generation for PG&E. "In addition to being a clean, reliable, and cost-effective source of power, Colusa is also a very flexible generation facility which enables it to meet our customers' needs when the more intermittent renewable resources like wind and solar are not generating energy."

Construction of the plant provided a major boost to the economy of Colusa and surrounding counties, providing jobs to about 600 people at peak construction and income to local subcontractors and suppliers. The plant now employs a diverse work force of 27 full-time workers, many from local communities. Next year, the plant will generate $7.2 million in local tax revenue. Plant employees are also active in the local community, supporting activities such as the Maxwell rodeo in the spring. PG&E also is making a financial contribution to Maxwell High School to upgrade the lighting panel for the school football field.

Colusa meets some of the most stringent air quality standards in the nation. The administrative building was designed and built to the U.S. Building Council's LEED Certification, a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

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