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Nation's Utilities Join with PG&E to Curtail Energy Demand in Information Technology Industry One-Of-Its-Kind Gathering Aims to Promote Green Technology within the IT Industry

Release Date: March 27, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that 19 of the nation's utilities will gather today in San Francisco for the first face-to-face meeting of the PG&E-sponsored Utility Information Technology Energy Efficiency Coalition in an effort to dramatically reduce power usage in data centers and other IT applications.

"The opportunities for dramatic energy efficiency improvements in this market are drawing the attention of leading utilities across the United States," said Mark Bramfitt, principal program manager of customer energy efficiency at PG&E. "We're sharing program and service delivery models to drive nationwide adoption, helping to secure a sustainable energy future for the industry, and driving a positive impact on the environment through significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions."

The Utility IT Energy Efficiency Coalition comprises over 24 utilities from across the US and Canada that are primed to address the high tech, data center, and IT infrastructure markets. California utilities are well represented, with Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, City of Palo Alto, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power attending the meeting. Utilities from the Pacific Northwest, Texas, New York, and Canada will also participate at the two-day event.

To the extent possible, the utilities intend to drive toward consistent energy efficiency program and service offerings, leveraging the support of vendors and service providers to the IT industry. The meeting will feature technology and program briefings, a view of market potential from top industry analysts, and a tour of data centers in Silicon Valley that have implemented leading energy-efficient technologies and management practices.

PG&E founded the Coalition in 2007 and has established a collaborative web site where member utilities share program documentation, technical resources, and market intelligence. In addition to sponsoring the Coalition, PG&E supports other industry associations such as The Green Grid, and is a board member of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.

With a large concentration of high-tech companies and data centers located in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with a thirty-plus year history of developing and delivering energy efficiency programs, PG&E has developed a comprehensive program portfolio to serve this market segment. The portfolio includes customer education and training programs, technical evaluation support, and financial incentives and rebates for customers who adopt energy-efficient technologies and practices.

PG&E's services for this market segment are part of a full suite of customized energy efficiency products and services the company offers to its customers, including rebates and incentives, energy analyses, demand response programs, and more. Since the inception of these programs in 1976, PG&E customers have achieved significant cumulative lifecycle energy and cost savings of more than 118 million megawatt hours of electricity and more than $22 billion, avoiding the release of more than 135 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/.

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