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EPA Recognizes Pacific Gas and Electric Company with 2010 Energy Star® Sustained Excellence Award Utility earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

Release Date: March 18, 2010
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) a 2010 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. PG&E’s accomplishments will be recognized today at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

PG&E, an ENERGY STAR partner for 15 years, will be honored for its groundbreaking energy efficiency programs, including:

  • Business and Consumer Electronics incentive program, a first-of-its-kind program that helps businesses and consumers become more informed about the benefits of purchasing energy-efficient electronic products;
  • Automated Benchmarking Service program, which allows customers to track and assess energy and water consumption of large office buildings;
  • Solid State Lighting efforts, which help customers select quality light-emitting diode (LED) products that are appropriate for their applications; and
  • Food Service Technology Center, which provides nationally recognized energy efficiency consulting services to the commercial food service industry.

"We have some of the most environmentally conscious customers, and PG&E is committed to increasing energy efficiency through new incentive programs, emerging technologies and support for stronger energy codes and standards," said Steven L. Kline, vice president of corporate environmental and federal affairs, and chief sustainability officer of PG&E. "Our longtime ENERGY STAR partnership is an important element of our efforts to address climate change."

Since 1976, PG&E’s energy efficiency programs have helped customers save enough annual electricity to power more than 23.5 million homes and enough annual natural gas to heat 25 million homes. In addition, PG&E’s energy efficiency programs have helped customers save more than $24 billion in energy costs and avoid the emission of 155 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The 2010 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Award winners are selected from more than 17,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

"EPA is recognizing PG&E with our highest ENERGY STAR award - the 2010 Sustained Excellence Award," said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation. "PG&E’s continued leadership and commitment to energy efficiency is a testament to what we can accomplish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our global environment."

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future through participation in ENERGY STAR. Last year alone, ENERGY STAR helped save Americans $17 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.

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/.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 17,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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