Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant unit 2 back on line

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Tuesday May 29, 2:35 pm Eastern Time

Press Release

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Unit 2 Back On Line to Help Ease Energy Shortage

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 29, 2001--Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Unit 2 began delivering electricity to the California grid Monday, May 28 as temperatures and electricity demand around the state began to increase. The unit has completed a successful 29-day refueling and maintenance outage, the plant's safest and shortest ever.

Unit 2 is expected to reach 50 percent power by the end of the day, and gradually return to full power by Saturday, June 2. At full power, Unit 2 generates enough electricity to power more than one million California homes, doing its part to ease the state's energy shortage during the hot summer months of high electricity demand.

The unit was shutdown on April 29 for a planned refueling and maintenance outage that was scheduled to last 35 days. With the refueling maintenance work completed, the unit is capable of operating uninterrupted for the next 19 months, delivering 1,150 megawatts of emission free electricity to the state.

Unit 1 has remained at full power during the Unit 2 outage. Together the two units provide enough electricity for more than two million northern and central California homes. The next scheduled outage for refueling and maintenance is for Unit 1, and will take place in the Spring of 2002.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is located on the central coast of California about 200 miles South of San Francisco, near San Luis Obispo. Diablo Canyon is one of the most reliable and efficient nuclear-fueled power plants in the United States.

For more information about Pacific Gas and Electric Company, please visit us at www.pge.com

-- Swissrose (cellier3@mindspring.com), May 29, 2001

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