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PG&E Reminds Customers to Start Conserving Gas Now 10/20 Plus Winter Gas Savings Program to Assist Customers with Winter Gas Bills

Release Date: December 6, 2007
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds customers to start conserving their gas usage in December to take full advantage of the 10/20 Plus Winter Gas Savings Program, which will assist customers this winter. The 10/20 Plus Winter Gas Savings Program will give qualifying customers - residential, business, agricultural, and government entities - a credit of up to 20 percent on their gas bill for simply reducing natural gas usage during January and February. Last year, about 1.9 million customers reduced their gas usage and earned a bill credit.

Customers who reduce their cumulative gas usage during January and February 2008 will receive a bill credit on their March or April gas bill. For every one percent decrease in the amount of gas they use, customers will receive a one percent credit, up to nine percent. Customers who reduce their gas usage by ten percent or more will receive a 20 percent credit.

"With winter heating costs remaining very high, conservation and energy efficiency are critical," said Helen Burt, PG&E's senior vice president and chief customer officer. "Energy efficiency not only will help with your heating bills, it's also the right thing to do for the environment."

Almost every PG&E customer is eligible and automatically enrolled in the program. To maximize the bill credit, customers should begin conserving when they receive their December energy bill. Depending on their billing schedule, the bill credit will appear on customers' March or April gas bill.

National gas prices continue to remain high across the nation. During the winter season, prices can be especially high due to increased heating demand. While PG&E does not set national gas prices, the utility does everything it can to keep prices low for customers. To help manage natural gas prices during the winter, PG&E purchases and stores a portion of the projected winter natural gas demand throughout the spring and summer when gas prices are typically lower.

PG&E is also helping customers reduce their energy use, through conservation and energy efficiency programs, including rebates for energy efficient appliances, on-line energy audits, and through programs to help low income households in particular.

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