News Release
June 22, 2001


SACRAMENTO – Duke Energy today said the output of its South Bay power plant in California was directed by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) to track fluctuations in electricity demand, and the plant operated at top reliability.

The company strongly denied allegations by three former plant employees that power output was reduced at Duke Energy’s own direction.

The workers making the allegations were employees of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) who were not hired as part of the new operating team when Duke Energy assumed full control of the South Bay power plant in April.

Bill Hall, vice president of Duke Energy’s western operations, said, "These allegations represent just one more page in a very long chapter of misinformation disseminated by people who don’t know the full story."

Hall reviewed the charges and the facts:

Charge: Output from South Bay was ramped up and down to manipulate prices during times when energy supplies were short.

The facts:

Charge: The most expensive unit was run at South Bay to drive up ISO prices.

The facts:

Charge: Inventory management (including "throwing out spare parts") at South Bay resulted in increased outage time to accomplish repairs.

The facts:

Duke Energy continues to deliver real solutions to the state’s energy needs and to operate its business with integrity.

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