California Parties Settle Energy Crisis Refund Claims With Portland General

March 12, 2007

March 12, 2007

ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 12, 2007 – Southern California Edison (SCE) and other California parties seeking refunds of energy overcharges during the state’s 2000-2001 energy crisis have reached a settlement resolving claims against Portland General Electric (PGE) of Portland, Ore.

The settlement addresses specified claims made by SCE, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Electricity Oversight Board, the California Department of Water Resources Electric Power Fund, and the California Attorney General. 

“We thank representatives of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for their assistance reaching this agreement, and we hope other suppliers that have not yet settled will elect to benefit from the same assistance” said Alan Fohrer, SCE chief executive officer.

Under the terms of the settlement, the total value of PGE's refunds will be more than $65 million when $59 million in new refunds and associated interest are added to an earlier $6.1 million payment by PGE.  SCE’s share is expected to be approximately $15 million.  The settlement will benefit SCE customers through adjustments in rates as provided for in a CPUC order.    

The settlement is subject to the approval of FERC and would resolve, among other things, PGE’s portion of claims by the California parties in the current FERC refund case, any additional refund obligations PGE has for sales into California electricity markets during the summer of 2000, and certain potential civil claims. 

Progress Recovering Energy Crisis Overcharges

Power Provider Date Announced Total Settlement SCE Portion SCE Customers Begin Benefitting
1 El Paso* March 20, 2003 $1,057,000,000 $263,000,000 August-04 
2 Williams Feb. 25, 2004 $417,000,000 $41,000,000 April-05 
3 Dynegy April 26, 2004 $281,500,000 $43,000,000 April-05 
4 Duke July 13, 2004 $200,000,000 $48,000,000 April-05 
5 Mirant Jan. 14, 2005 $645,000,000 $101,000,000 February-06 
6 Enron**  July 15, 2005 $360,000,000 $70,000,000 February-06 
7 Reliant Aug. 15, 2005 $525,000,000 $130,000,000 February-06 
8 PS Colorado Aug. 26, 2005 $7,000,000 $2,358,000 February-06 
9 IDACORP Feb. 16, 2006 $24,000,000 $6,000,000 January-07 
10 Eugene Water & Electric Board July 10, 2006 $430,000 $120,000 January-08 
11 Portland General Electric*** March. 12, 2007 $59,000,000 $15,000,000 January-08

Totals 

$3,575,930,000 $719,478,000

The EWEB and Portland General settlements are pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission      
* The El Paso proceeds include SCE's presumed share of CDWR's refunds.  Half of the refund      
    was paid up front and half will be paid over 15 years.      
** SCE portion of Enron settlement estimated.  The cash value shown in excess of a $47.5 million      
    cash payment represents 35 cents on the dollar.  Total settlement includes a $600-million      
    subordinated claim in favor of government entities.      
***  SCE portion estimated      

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