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PG&E Offers Special Incentives to Conserve Natural Gas This Winter ‘Appliance-Grams’, New Web Page Help Friends and Family Save Energy and Money

Release Date: December 23, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is offering customers a valuable incentive to control their heating costs in the coming months through the Winter Gas Savings Program. The program will give qualifying residential and business customers a credit of up to 20 percent on their natural gas bill for simply reducing natural gas usage during January and February 2009 by 10 percent or more. Last year, about 1.7 million customers reduced their gas usage and earned a bill credit through the program formerly known as PG&E’s 10/20 program.

“Our northern and central California energy customers are among the most energy- efficiency conscious in the United States,” said Helen Burt, PG&E’s senior vice president and chief customer officer. “The Winter Gas Savings Program recognizes their commitment to reduced energy consumption and rewards them for it.”

Customers who reduce their cumulative gas usage during January and February, 2009 will receive a bill credit on their March or April gas bill. For every percent decrease in consumption, up to 10 percent, customers will receive an equal percent credit. Customers who reduce their gas usage by 10 percent or more will receive an automatic 20 percent credit. 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.

To help customers conserve natural gas this year, PG&E offers informative tips, tools and resources on a newly launched, interactive Web page. This Web page allows customers to calculate their savings or send an ‘Appliance-Gram’ to family and friends to help them discover ways to save natural gas and money this winter. These useful tools can be found at www.pge.com/wintergassavings.

PG&E is nationally recognized for its customer energy efficiency initiatives, which focus on reducing customer energy bills while helping the state achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Since 1976, PG&E energy efficiency programs have achieved a cost savings of more than $22 billion and prevented more than 135 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), 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/.

For more information about Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s winter gas saving programs, please visit our Web site at www.pge.com/wintergassavings

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