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PG&E Gives Away 1 Million Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Largest CFL Promotion of its Kind to Kick-off with Change a Light Day in Berkeley

Release Date: October 3, 2007
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

BERKELEY – Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced that it’s launching a groundbreaking campaign to give away one million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) during the month of October to help its central and northern Californian customers become more energy efficient. PG&E will kick-off the largest, one-month utility CFL promotion of its kind by giving away 7,500 bulbs during the national Change a Light Day celebration in Berkeley.

“Energy efficiency is a quick and cost-effective way for our customers to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global climate change," said Brad Whitcomb, vice president of customer products and services for PG&E. "We're thrilled to continue our partnership with the communities we serve as we begin this grassroots effort to promote energy efficiency.”

PG&E’s one million CFL giveaway during National Energy Awareness Month could potentially generate a collective savings of more than 400,000 megawatt hours and prevent the emission of more than 200,000 tons of greenhouse gases not emitted over the lifetime of the CFL. This is the equivalent of powering almost 60,000 homes in northern California for a year, or removing 31,000 cars from the road for a year, or planting 60,000 acres of trees.

To reach its one million CFL giveaway goal, PG&E has called upon more than 1,000 PG&E employee volunteers to help distribute CFLs at over 300 events across northern and central California. The company is also partnering with local community groups and the Sierra Club to broaden its reach. CFL giveaway activities include today’s ENERGY STAR Change a Light Campaign launch in Berkeley, tomorrow’s National Energy Awareness Month launch, featuring the ENERGY STAR Change a Light Bus, at the Marina Safeway store in San Francisco, and Lights Out San Francisco on October 20, as well as many others. These energy efficiency awareness activities will help promote meaningful energy efficiency initiatives and decrease California’s energy consumption.

“We are thrilled that ENERGY STAR partner PG&E stepped forward to host the national bus tour to help us encourage as many people in California to start saving energy today, starting by changing to energy-efficient lighting,” said Wendy Reed, ENERGY STAR Change a Light, Change the World Campaign Manager. “Each American needs to see that they are part of the solution to fight global warming, and we hope this tour will help individuals understand the connection between personal energy use and our climate.”

PG&E is a national leader in helping its customers use energy efficiency as a cost-effective way of reducing their energy bills, while helping the state achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Over the past three decades, PG&E’s 85 distinct residential and commercial energy efficiency programs have helped customers save more than 118 million megawatt-hours of electricity and 10.7 billion therms of natural gas. These joint efforts resulted in enough savings to power over 18 million homes and heat 15 million homes, while preventing more than 125 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

PG&E has a long and distinguished history of recognition for its environmental leadership. As part of its Change a Light campaign, PG&E will work to raise public awareness around the need to recycle fluorescent bulbs and will be providing information on where and how the public can recycle used CFLs. In addition, PG&E will provide a collection container for the public to drop off used CFLs at the kick-off events in Berkeley and San Francisco, and will recycle the collected bulbs. PG&E is an active member of the California Take-It-Back Partnership, working to promote and facilitate CFL recycling.

For more information about Pacific Gas and Electric Company, please visit our website at www.pge.com

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