PG&E Named Environmental Business of the Year by the Planning and Conservation League Statewide Environmental Alliance Recognizes Utility for Leadership in Renewable Energy and Land Stewardship
Release Date: January 11, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
SACRAMENTO- Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced it will be recognized by the Planning and Conservation League (PCL) as the "Environmental Business of the Year" as part of PCL's annual Environmental Legislative Symposium in Sacramento on January 12. The award recognizes PG&E's leadership in renewable energy and land stewardship.
"We applaud PG&E for its commitment to protect our natural resources and slow climate change," said Gary Patton, Executive Director of the Planning and Conversation League. "With its innovative habitat conservation and renewable energy efforts, PG&E raises the bar for environmental stewardship in California and demonstrates how corporations can make practical and progressive decisions that will benefit the state for generations to come."
Each year the Planning and Conservation League, a nonprofit conservation alliance working to protect California's environment, honors companies, non-profits and individuals that positively impact California by addressing critical environmental issues. PG&E was one of five award recipients selected this year for helping to reduce the impacts of global warming through leading environmental initiatives.
"As a provider of electricity and natural gas to forty percent of Californians, PG&E is committed to reducing our environmental impact and to providing our customers with the tools to reduce their footprint," said Wendy Pulling, Director of Environmental Policy at PG&E. "We share this honor with our customers and the state and federal agencies, who are partners in PG&E's environmental initiatives and share our commitment to preserving California's natural heritage."
PG&E is a national leader in providing its customers with clean energy. On average, more than 50 percent of the electricity PG&E delivers to its customers throughout its northern and central California territory comes from carbon-free sources. PG&E currently supplies 12 percent of its energy from qualifying renewable sources under California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program.
PG&E continues to aggressively add renewable electric power resources to its supply and recently has added more than 730 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar power, 230 MW of wind power and 25 MW geothermal power. As PG&E works to meet its environmental goals, the company is utilizing innovative sources of renewable energy including wave energy and biomethane derived from cow manure.
As one of California's largest landowners, PG&E is committed to protecting California's natural resources. PG&E has partnered with the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council to permanently protect 140,000 acres of watershed lands associated with the utility's hydroelectric system - one of the largest individual dedications of private lands to conservation. PG&E's Land Conservation Commitment protects a broad range of public beneficial uses including natural habitat of fish, wildlife and plants; preservation of open space; and public outdoor recreation, among others.
PG&E is also a leader in fish restoration efforts, working voluntarily with stakeholders and resource agencies to provide improved habitat for the spring-, fall- and winter-run Chinook salmon and the California Central Valley Steelhead Trout.
The Environmental Business of the Year Award is the latest in a long and distinguished history of recognition for PG&E's environmental programs. With more than 140 environmental honors in total, the company has also recently been recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council for its environmental leadership, and won the Pacific Forest Trust Award in Climate Protection and Forest Management Leadership, two Governors Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards, and the Solar Electric Power Association's Solar Business Achievement and Solar Portfolio Leadership awards.