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Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Energy Efficiency Programs Receive National Honor The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Recognizes Utility with 16 Awards

Release Date: October 1, 2007
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

BERKELEY – Pacific Gas and Electric Company is pleased to announce that the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C., has recognized 16 of PG&E’s energy efficiency programs as “exemplary programs” or “honorable mentions” as part of a national awards program to honor America’s leading energy efficiency programs.

Programs selected for this honor were judged especially noteworthy for their effectiveness and innovation in helping customers achieve greater levels of energy efficiency in their homes and business facilities. “These programs are delivering energy savings that are critical in helping customers cope with today’s high energy costs, plus they make an important environmental contribution because they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” noted Martin Kushler, Ph.D., ACEEE’s Utilities Program Director. He added, “This is truly a ‘win-win’ situation.”

In addition to receiving this national honor, Senior Vice President of Customer Care Helen Burt will present opening remarks this morning at the fourth annual ACEEE Conference. Joining her as a conference presenter will be Director of Customer Energy Efficiency Roland Risser, Director of Demand-Side Policy, Planning & Analysis Steve McCarty, Principal Regulatory Analyst of Customer Energy Efficiency Bill Miller and Supervisor of Customer Energy Efficiency Valerie Richardson.

“At PG&E, we think the most exciting thing about energy efficiency is that it is within the grasp of everyone,” said Burt. “By working side by side with our customers, PG&E continues to build on our history of outstanding energy efficiency programs. Today, we honor those customers, as the true drivers of our success.”

PG&E is a national leader in helping its customers use energy efficiency as a cost-effective way of reducing their energy bills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Over the past three decades, PG&E’s 85 distinct residential and commercial energy efficiency programs have helped its customers save more than 118 million megawatt-hours of electricity and 10.7 billion therms of natural gas. These joint efforts have resulted in enough saved electricity to power over 18 million homes and enough annual natural gas to heat 15 million homes, while preventing over 125 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

ACEEE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research and policy development to advance energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection. For more information, visit aceee.org.

For more information about Pacific Gas and Electric Company, please visit our website at www.pge.com.

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