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.
Statement On Petition To Enforce Federal Law
Case Transferred to the
Central District Court
SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific
Gas and Electric Company issued the following statement after its
petition to order the California Public Utilities Commission to
enforce federal law relating to wholesale electric rates was transferred
to the Central District court:
"Although we are disappointed
that our request for a Temporary Restraining Order was not granted,
we are pleased that, as we requested in the alternative, the Judge
has agreed to transfer this action to the Central District of California,
where Southern California Edison's twin action is pending against
the same defendants. Judge Lew of that court has already heard and
favorably decided key merit issues that are also presented by PG&E's
case, and we believe the Central District is in a position to hear
and resolve PG&E's claims quickly.
"Furthermore, the Judge's
denial of our request for a TRO in no way represents a ruling on
the merits of our claims. The facts in the case clearly demonstrate
that the CPUC may not nullify, in violation of the Supremacy Clause
of the United States Constitution, federally-regulated tariffs which
govern the wholesale purchase of electricity."