Salt River Project Agrees to Buy 625 MW Block of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's Arizona Power Plant

  Salt River Project Agrees to Buy 625 MW Block of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's
                             Arizona Power Plant

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 26, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Sempra U.S. Gas & Power today
announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell one 625-megawatt
(MW) block of its 1,250 MW Mesquite Power natural gas-fired power plant to the
Salt River Project (SRP) Agricultural Improvement and Power District for $371

The SRP Board of Directors approved a management proposal to acquire 100
percent ownership of the 625 MW block and a 50-percent undivided interest in
the infrastructure facilities shared by the two blocks at their November
meeting. The agreement is subject to approvals from the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission and other regulatory agencies. The companies anticipate
receiving these approvals in the first quarter of 2013.

"This strategic sale comes at the right time for Sempra U.S. Gas and Poweras
we continue to reduce our exposure to the merchant power markets, while also
allowing us to put greater emphasis on growing our southeast natural gas
portfolio," said Jeffrey W. Martin, president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas &
Power. "This transaction will enable us to redeploy capital to expand our
growing presence in the natural gas sector."

"We studied the market very carefully and determined that this purchase would
provide an economic benefit to SRP and its customers," said SRP general
manager Mark Bonsall. "Load growth is relatively small right now, but when it
returns, this plant will position us well in the long term to meet our
customers' needs at a reasonable cost."

SRP, which is the largest supplier of raw water to the greater-Phoenix
metropolitan area, has acquired one of Mesquite Power's two 625 MW power
blocks. Each block is comprised of two gas turbines and a steam turbine. As
part of the transaction, SRP also will become the operator of both Mesquite

Mesquite Power, which has been in operation since 2003 in Arlington, Ariz., is
among the nation's cleanest and most efficient gas-fired power plants. It was
the first power plant in Arizona to receivethe Voluntary Protection Programs'
award, the highest recognition for exemplary safety performance, in 2009. The
plant recently was awarded Voluntary Protection Programs recertification for
2012 to 2015.

About Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District

SRP is the largest provider of electricity to the greater Phoenix area,
serving more than 950,000 electric customers.

About Sempra U.S. Gas & Power

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC is a leading developer of renewable energy and
natural gas solutions. The company operates solar, wind and natural gas power
plants that generate enough electricity for nearly 1 million homes, along with
natural gas storage and pipelines and distribution utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas
& Power is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy
services holding company with 2011 revenues of $10 billion. The Sempra Energy
companies' nearly 17,500 employees serve about 31 million consumers
worldwide. For more information, visit


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Sempra International, LLC, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, are not the same
companies as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas
Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra International, LLC and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power,
LLC are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.Sempra
International's underlying entities include Sempra Mexico and Sempra South
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Contact: Media, Art Larson, Sempra Energy, +1-877-340-8875,, or Scott Harelson, Salt River Project, +1-602-236-2500,, or Financial, Victor Vilaplana, Sempra Energy,
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