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Oregon Electric Guarantees $15 Million Rate Credit to PGE Customers.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon Electric Also Commits to Provide PGE PGE Pacific Gas and Electric Company
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 with Exclusive Contractual Protection from Enron-related Liabilities and to Provide Full Transparency

Oregon Electric Utility Company (Oregon Electric) announced today that Portland General Electric This article is not to be confused with PG&E, a San Francisco, California-based utility company
Portland General Electric (PGE) (NYSE: POR) is an electrical utility, formerly owned by the Houston-based Enron Corporation (but now independent), that distributes electricity to
 (PGE) customers will receive an unconditional HEIR, UNCONDITIONAL. A term used in the civil law, adopted by the Civil Code of Louisiana. Unconditional heirs are those who inherit without any reservation, or without making an inventory, whether their acceptance be express or tacit. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 878.

 rate credit in the amount of $15 million if it receives Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC OPUC Oregon Public Utility Commission
OPUC Old Pc Users Club
) approval to acquire PGE.

"We have listened to the concerns of OPUC staff and various customer groups regarding the uncertain benefit of our previous offer to share PGE's profits over a 10.5 percent return with customers," said Kelvin Davis
''For the American boxer, see Kelvin Davis (boxer)

Kelvin Geoffrey Davis (born Bedford, 29 September 1976) is a football goalkeeper currently playing for Southampton.
, a partner in an investor group backing Oregon Electric and a future PGE board member. "We are now responding by replacing this benefit with a firm dollar amount. Oregon Electric will now guarantee customers a $15 million total rate credit to be paid from 2007 through 2011 in a manner consistent with what customers may have received under our prior proposal."

In Rebuttal rebuttal n. evidence introduced to counter, disprove or contradict the opposition's evidence or a presumption, or responsive legal argument.  Testimony filed today in response to the testimony of OPUC staff and intervenors in the approval proceeding, Oregon Electric also said that it will make PGE the sole beneficiary of the contractual protection against potentially material Enron-related liabilities that it had negotiated as part of the purchase agreement. "Not only will the approval of this acquisition put an end to the Enron era," Davis said, "It will also ensure that PGE gets the benefit of substantial protection against potentially material liabilities arising from Enron's bankruptcy. PGE currently faces these liabilities, and does not have the benefit of this protection today."

In furtherance fur·ther·ance  
The act of furthering, advancing, or helping forward: "Pakistan does not aspire to any . . . role in furtherance of the strategies of other powers" Ismail Patel.
 of its commitment to provide full transparency, and in response to requests by Citizens Utility Board, Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities and others for assurances of disclosure of Oregon Electric's activities, Oregon Electric, a privately owned company, also agreed to file with OPUC and make available to all stakeholders Stakeholders

All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government.
 annual and quarterly reports equivalent to SEC Forms 10Q and 10K which publicly owned Publicly owned can refer to:
  • Public company, a company which is permitted to offer its securities (stock, bonds, etc.) for sale to the general public, typically through a stock exchange
  • Public ownership, of government-owned corporations
 companies are required to file. This complements Oregon Electric's prior agreement to make its books and records relating to relating to relate prepconcernant

relating to relate prepbezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc 
 PGE available to the OPUC.

"Oregon Electric fully expects to provide disclosure," said Davis. "This commitment underscores that. Furthermore, we have been working hard to fully respond to staff and other intervenors' questions. To date, we have responded to almost 470 data requests and have provided almost 17,000 pages of information. We expect to continue to provide a frank and transparent exchange of information to ensure that we answer questions that have been raised."

In the filing, Oregon Electric clearly sets out the reasons why its acquisition of PGE would result in a net benefit to PGE's customers and addressed questions and concerns expressed by some stakeholders. Oregon Electric explains why its acquisition financing plans will not affect PGE rates or customers, and agreed to a series of conditions similar to those required by the Commission in prior acquisitions of Oregon utilities that are designed to protect customers. Oregon Electric also provided an additional condition that assures dividends from PGE will be used to pay down debt of Oregon Electric for three years rather than being distributed to Oregon Electric's investors.

"The OPUC Staff and intervenor testimony and subsequent settlement conferences have resulted in substantial progress, and I am pleased that we have been able to respond so constructively," said Peter O. Kohler, M.D., prospective chairman of Oregon Electric and PGE. "Today's filing demonstrates that Oregon Electric is listening to the concerns of all constituents, and allowed us to further round out the benefits that Oregon Electric's proposal provides. I remain all the more confident that this transaction is in the best interests of customers and is a positive succession to Enron's ownership."

Dr. Kohler noted that settlement conferences will continue for the next several weeks. "This is a collaborative process and I believe we have made great strides toward a settlement," he said. "The benefits we have articulated are a substantial improvement from PGE's current status. We will operate with transparency and have taken substantial steps to assure that Oregon Electric provides disclosure similar to that of other holding companies."

Oregon Electric reiterated the other benefits that this transaction provides and the other commitments it has made, conditioned on approval of the transaction from the OPUC:

--An end to Enron: An immediate end to Enron's ownership of PGE, ensuring renewed stability and certainty backed by responsible shareholder support

--The creation of a new board with substantial local representation: Oregon Electric has announced seven leading Oregonians to the PGE board, including an Oregon chairman

--A $15 million rate credit: Customers will receive a total rate credit of $15 million, to be paid $3 million annually from 2007 to 2011

--Protection against Enron-related liabilities: Oregon Electric will ensure that PGE is the sole beneficiary of contractual protections provided under the purchase contract against potentially material Enron-related liabilities

--Service quality: A commitment to reinforcing high quality service standards, including a 10-year extension of service quality measures that are currently in place

--Addressing customer concerns: Periodic access by customer organizations and other PGE stakeholder stakeholder n. a person having in his/her possession (holding) money or property in which he/she has no interest, right or title, awaiting the outcome of a dispute between two or more claimants to the money or property.  groups to the PGE Board of Directors, providing these constituencies with the opportunity to voice concerns directly to the board

--Capital reinvestment Reinvestment

Using dividends, interest and capital gains earned in an investment or mutual fund to purchase additional shares or units, rather than receiving the distributions in cash.

1. In terms of stocks, it is the reinvestment of dividends to purchase additional shares.
: Substantial future capital reinvestment in PGE, ensuring reliability and efficiency from existing assets and the acquisition and development of new resources

--Long-term efficiency and cost-effectiveness: A commitment to undertaking a comprehensive review of the company post-closing, with the goal of identifying efficiency and productivity gains that ensure customers receive safe and reliable electricity as cost-effectively as possible

--Local headquarters remain: PGE's headquarters will stay in Portland, jobs will stay in Oregon, and PGE will continue its charitable leadership in the community

--A significant Oregon taxpayer: Oregon Electric will be a substantial Oregon taxpayer and will not consolidate its returns with any out-of-state company, as happened in the Enron era

--More renewables: A commitment to vigorously pursue a target of using cost-effective renewable resources Noun 1. renewable resource - any natural resource (as wood or solar energy) that can be replenished naturally with the passage of time
natural resource, natural resources - resources (actual and potential) supplied by nature
 to fulfill 10 percent of PGE's peak capacity by 2012

--Organizational accountability for environmental initiatives: The appointment of a manager within PGE with the appropriate responsibility and authority to work with the advocacy groups for renewable energy Renewable energy utilizes natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies range from solar power, wind power, and hydroelectricity to biomass and biofuels for transportation.  sources, sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental matters

--Greater assistance to low-income customers: A doubling of cash contributions for the next 10 years that PGE currently makes to Oregon HEAT, a non-profit organization A non-profit organization (abbreviated "NPO", also "non-profit" or "not-for-profit") is a legally constituted organization whose primary objective is to support or to actively engage in activities of public or private interest without any commercial or monetary profit purposes.  that assists low-income families in paying utility bills, which will be paid for with Oregon Electric shareholder (rather than customer) funds

About Oregon Electric Utility Company

Oregon Electric Utility Company is a new Oregon company formed for the sole purpose of investing in Portland General Electric. Oregon Electric's goal is to maintain PGE as an independent utility based in Oregon, serving local customers, and contributing to the health of the community and the growth of the regional economy.

The company is backed by Texas Pacific Group, one of the leading private equity firms in the country. In addition, respected Northwest leaders and industry experts have committed to join the new PGE board upon approval of the transaction. They include:

--Peter Kohler, M.D., President of Oregon Health & Science University

--Kirby Dyess, former Corporate Vice President and Director of Operations at Intel Capital, and currently a Principal with Austin Capital Management, LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.

LLC - Logical Link Control

--Maria Eitel, Vice President and Senior Advisor In some countries, a Senior Advisor is an appointed position by the Head of State to advise on the highest levels of national and government policy. Sometimes a junior position to this is called a National Policy Advisor.  for Corporate Responsibility, Nike, Inc., and President, Nike Foundation

--Gerald Grinstein, Principal, Madrona Investment Group LLC, and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Delta Air Lines, Inc.

--Jerry Jackson, former Executive Vice President and Group President, Utility Operations, Entergy Corporation

--Duane McDougall, former President and CEO, Willamette Industries, Inc.

--Robert Miller, Chairman, Rite Aid Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) is a United States retailer and pharmacy chain, operating over 5,000 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains.  Corp. and former CEO, Fred Meyer, Inc.

--M. Lee Pelton, Ph.D., President, Willamette University Willamette’s College of Liberal Arts is the undergraduate school on campus. The oldest of the graduate programs is the College of Law, founded in 1883 and located in the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center.  

--Tom Walsh, President, Tom Walsh & Co.

--In addition, Peggy Fowler, CEO of PGE, and David Bonderman David Bonderman (1942 - ) is a founder of Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and its Asian affiliate, Newbridge Capital.

Prior to forming TPG in 1991, Mr. Bonderman was Chief Operating Officer of the Robert M. Bass Group, Inc. (now doing business as Keystone, Inc.
 and Kelvin Davis, partners of Texas Pacific Group, will also join the Board.

On November 18, 2003, Oregon Electric Utility Company signed a binding agreement with Enron to acquire all of Portland General Electric for approximately $2.35 billion. The Oregon Electric proposal is now pending review and approval before the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
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