PRESS RELEASES 2002 RELEASE
                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                  April 16, 2002
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                  PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY FILES WITH CPUC TO ALLOW AVERAGE ELECTRIC RATE REDUCTION OF NEARLY FOUR PERCENT

                  SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Company has submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a filing to allow a reduction in average electric rates of one-half cent per-kilowatt-hour, or an average of 3.7 percent across all customer classes. If accepted by the CPUC, the reduction would take effect on June 1, 2002.

                  The filing reflects the expiration of a temporary, half-cent/kWh electric rate surcharge the Commission put in place effective June 1, 2001. This temporary surcharge came in addition to the one-cent surcharge the CPUC imposed in January 2001, and the three-cent surcharge it approved in March 2001. It was put in place by the CPUC to make up for the revenue shortfall that resulted from the delay between the date the Commission approved the three-cent surcharge on March 27, 2001, and the date that the surcharge went into effect, June 1, 2001.

                  If approved, Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers would receive the following rate reductions, effective June 1, 2002:

                     
                  Bundled Rates
                   
                  Customer Class
                  Current Rate
                  (cents/kWh)
                  Proposed Rate
                  (cents/kWh)
                      Residential
                  13.5
                  13.2
                    Small Light and Power
                  16.8
                  16.1
                    Medium Light and Power
                  15.4
                  14.8
                    Ag
                  14.6
                  14.2
                    E-19
                  13.9
                  13.3
                    E-20 Transmission
                  10.0
                  9.4
                    E-20 Primary
                  12.0
                  11.4
                    E-20 Secondary
                  13.4
                  12.8
                    System Average
                  13.8
                  13.3

                   

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