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PG&E'S Pacific Energy Center Celebrates 20 Years of Working With Customers to Create Energy-Efficient Buildings State and National Leaders in Energy Efficiency Join PG&E to Celebrate Customers' Energy Savings

Release Date: December 7, 2011
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Pacific Energy Center (PEC) at an open house and reception. The PEC offers energy efficiency tools and classes to customers and members of the California building workforce as part of PG&E's broader efforts to help design and maintain energy-efficient buildings and indoor spaces.

"Today, we celebrate our customers and partners who have contributed to the success of the Pacific Energy Center and the energy efficiency of California's building industry," said Helen Burt, chief customer officer and senior vice president of customer care for PG&E. "In light of today's tough economic times, the center's role in training California's workforce for energy-related jobs and driving advancements in energy-efficient buildings is particularly significant."

Since 2006, the PEC has provided customers with more than 920 unique courses, 5,740 loaned tools, 945 technical consultations and 610 outreach events. This year alone, the PEC hosted approximately 8,000 students.

Former California Energy Commissioner Art Rosenfeld and Ralph Cavanagh, senior attorney and energy program co-director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), joined PG&E to recognize the energy savings realized by customers with the help of the PEC's programs and services, since 1991. Speakers discussed California's leadership in energy efficiency and the PEC's work to support and grow California's energy-efficient building workforce.

"For the past 20 years, PG&E's Pacific Energy Center has been a driving force in securing California's position as a national leader in energy efficiency," said Rosenfeld. "The programs and resources offered by the Pacific Energy Center are vital to providing the building industry with the knowledge and tools they need to create energy-efficient buildings."

"Designing and creating more energy-efficient buildings is one of our best solutions to curb climate change, and PG&E's Pacific Energy Center has played an important role in greening the building industry here in California," said Cavanagh. "The Pacific Energy Center's classes and services have helped to create skilled jobs and advance energy efficiency – the fastest, cheapest and cleanest energy resource we have."

The PEC is a workforce education and training center, and its courses and services are provided at no charge. The PEC is one of nine Energy Centers in the state that provide a wide variety of educational programs for customers through the California Statewide Energy Efficiency Education and Training Program, one of the largest training programs of its kind in the country.

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 http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.

For more information about the PG&E Pacific Energy Center, please visit the center's web site at www.pge.com/pec/

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