Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is moving ahead with the sale offive additional power plants, following the California PublicUtilities Commission’s decision this week to lift a temporary haltto the plant auction in response to an appeal by local governmentofficials and a citizens’ action group in San Francisco where twoof the plants are located. PG&E is now authorized to reviewpreliminary bids (“nonbinding expressions of interest”) frompotential buyers.

Separately, the City and County of San Francisco made publicthat they, along with a private sector partner, CMS Energy,Dearborn, MI, were one of the bidders. The local government and acitizens group raised environmental concerns about the two naturalgas-fired power plants in San Francisco. The CPUC action has giventhe local government the chance to propose future conditions on theoperations of the two plants in a filing that is due July 10.

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