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Pacific Gas And Electric Company Kicks Off Energy Awareness Month; Partners With Safeway on CFL Giveaway Utility Partners with Safeway, Sierra Club, ENERGY STAR and Lights Out San Francisco to Give Away One Million CFLs During October

Release Date: October 4, 2007
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Safeway Inc., in conjunction with Sierra Club, ENERGY STAR, Lights Out San Francisco and the City of San Francisco, will kick off National Energy Awareness Month today by giving away up to 5,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) at the Marina Safeway store in San Francisco. Today’s offer is part of PG&E’s goal to give away one million CFLs, the largest, one-month promotion of its kind, at over 300 events during October.

“Pacific Gas and Electric Company is proud to partner with our customers in implementing this landmark energy efficiency program," said Brad Whitcomb, vice president of customer products and services for PG&E. "Creating successful partnerships, like the ones we have forged during National Energy Awareness Month, allows us to pursue our goals of meeting our customers’ energy needs, while reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

Working closely with its energy efficiency partners, PG&E helps its residential and business customers across northern and central California identify and implement ways to benefit environmentally and financially from energy efficiency investments. The utility administers over 85 distinct energy efficiency programs, including services that help customers evaluate their energy efficiency options and adopt recommended solutions, as well as simple equipment retrofit improvements, like changing light bulbs.

“Safeway’s rich tradition of providing customers quality products at competitive prices aligns perfectly with PG&E’s CFL giveaway,” said Joe Pettus, senior vice president of fuel and energy for Safeway Inc. “As one of California’s largest employers, Safeway is proactively implementing solutions to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve a cleaner and healthier environment in the communities we serve. We’re pleased to partner with PG&E to inform our customers about some of the energy efficient options available that can save them money and help save the environment.”

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 over the lifetime of the CFL. This is the equivalent of powering almost 60,000 homes in central and northern California for a year, or removing 31,000 cars from the road for a year, or planting 60,000 acres of trees.

“With climate change upon us, we must be partners in our communities and in our future,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “We are very excited about this new endeavor to make energy efficiency a way of life – without sacrificing our quality of life.”

“In working with San Francisco communities as Assessor-Recorder, it has become clear to me that residents and businesses alike are seeking environmentally conscious alternatives,” said San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting. “I am pleased that PG&E is raising awareness about the benefits of energy efficiency in San Francisco.”

PG&E is a national leader in helping its customers use energy efficiency as a cost-effective way to reduce their energy bills, while helping the state achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Over the past three decades, PG&E’s 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, and reducing customers’ bills by nearly $10 billion.

"The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with PG&E to help raise awareness about the real world benefits of energy efficiency," said Rob Black, director of public policy for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. "This effort to get CFLs into the hands of San Franciscans will not only help reduce our city's greenhouse gas output, it will also help us all save money."

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 provide 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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