In response to the California Public Utilities Commission's order to increase summer reliability, Pacific Gas & Electric told the commission August 30 it would like to install 200 MW of additional peaking generators in its service territory and enroll an added 235 MW of load in demand-response programs. San Diego Gas & Electric said it wants to put in 250 MW of new peaking capacity under a competitive bidding process. However, the utility wants to own and operate the turbines once they are installed. All of the new small generators would be rolled into the utilities' rate base. The Independent Energy Producers contested utilities' plans to own and operate their own plants, urging the commission to follow the competitive procurement process. Utilities are gaining an advantage in the power generation market, the IEP wrote to the commission, by "delaying timely procurements until a crisis, then arguing that the solution to the crisis is the consideration of only their own generation development outside of commission endorsed open, transparent competitive procurement processes." The CPUC did not admit the association's comments in its proceeding on the new generation capacity. Utilities have asked the commission to act on their request to install new turbines this month.