FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                  February 27, 2002
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                  SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Company today issued the following statement after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court allowed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to file a plan of reorganization and disclosure statement on April 15, 2002:

                  "The CPUC was forced to admit today that its hopes of an all cash plan would not work and that its January 2003 timeframe might not be achievable. Unless the CPUC can address these flaws effectively, its plan of reorganization would relegate PG&E to junk bond status and keep the state in the power buying business for years to come.

                  "The CPUC faces significant obstacles as to how to return PG&E to investment grade status, how to address the $4.5 billion in debt their term sheet comes up short, and whether or not they will need junk bonds to finance any shortfall. The CPUC will also need to resolve the serious constitutional and regulatory barriers that were raised today.

                  "PG&E continues to believe the structure of its plan of reorganization, which pays all creditors in full without selling assets or asking Bankruptcy Court to raise rates or the state for a bailout, is the only feasible solution to getting the company out of bankruptcy.

                  "PG&E looks forward to filing its amended plan of reorganization and disclosure statement on March 7 and the hearing on March 26."


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