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PG&E Lauds U.S. Senators Shaheen And Portman For Leadership In Introducing Important Energy Efficiency Legislation

Release Date: May 13, 2013
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today expressed appreciation to U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) for their leadership in introducing the "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013" and their recognition of the important role energy efficiency plays in the American economy (letter attached). The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee favorably reported the legislation today, with broad support from Senators serving on the Committee. PG&E Vice President of Federal Affairs Melissa Lavinson said:

"We appreciate the leadership of Senator Portman and Senator Shaheen in introducing the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, which will save businesses and consumers money, make America more energy independent, and reduce emissions. We also applaud Senators Wyden and Murkowski for their consistent efforts to move this legislation through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and to the full Senate."

"As PG&E continues our efforts to pursue turn-key energy efficiency projects for our customers, be they residential or commercial, we appreciate how important the provisions in this legislation are to helping improve the energy efficiency of our economy, increase productivity, create savings for consumers and help the environment."

For more than 30 years, PG&E has built a track record of working with customers to deliver cost and energy savings through a diverse array of energy efficiency programs, services and campaigns. A key factor in this shared success is a state regulatory structure known as decoupling that creates and aligns incentives for utilities to drive energy efficiency. As a result, PG&E and its customers have saved an estimated $20 billion, avoided the release of more than 180 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and helped California's per capita electricity use to remain relatively flat, while nationwide electricity use has increased by almost 50 percent.

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/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

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