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PG&E and the City and County of San Francisco Continue to Investigate the Power Outages at Candlestick Park

Release Date: December 20, 2011
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to work closely with the City and County of San Francisco, owner and operator of Candlestick Park, to determine the cause of last night's power outages. Those discussions have been very productive.

PG&E's initial investigation has found that the first outage was caused when a splice, which connects two overhead electrical wires failed, and the wire fell to the ground near the stadium. Although the stadium has a backup feed and that system switched on immediately, the metal halide stadium lights took several minutes to cycle back on.

"I have been in contact with San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White to discuss the latest on the investigation," said Geisha Williams, executive vice president of electric operations. "Additionally, technical experts, including engineering teams from PG&E and the City and County, are meeting today to trace the causes of last night's outages and to identify solutions that will prevent recurrence."

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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