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Oregon Approves Sierra Pacific-Portland General Deal

LCG, Oct. 31, 2000--The Oregon Public Utility Commission yesterday approved the pending acquisition by Sierra Pacific Resources Corp. of Portland General Electric Co. from Enron Corp.

Walter M. Higgins, chief executive of Sierra Pacific, said "PGE is one of the premier electric utilities in the West and this approval moves us one step closer to the merging of our two companies."

Peggy Fowler, chief executive of the Portland-based utility, said "The ultimate winners are our Oregon customers. The agreement assures they can continue to receive the same level of outstanding service that they have come to expect from PGE."

Sierra Pacific said the PUC approval calls for a six-year price freeze for PGE customers and a $95 million credit for Oregon consumers. The "acquisition credit" will be shown on monthly power bills as soon as the transaction is complete and will continue through Sept. 30, 2007.

"We still have additional approvals to obtain, but the PUC approval is a significant step," addedHiggins. "We must still obtain approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and theSecurities and Exchange Commission. We're working toward that and anticipate closing thetransaction early next year."

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