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Pacific Gas and Electric Company Helps Green the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference an Women Utility Offsets Entire Carbon Footprint of Conference, Gives Away 11,000 CFL Bulbs

Release Date: October 23, 2007
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

LONG BEACH – Pacific Gas and Electric Company is pleased to announce that the utility will offset more than 1,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions associated with today’s California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women by purchasing verified greenhouse gas emission reductions. In addition, PG&E will give away 11,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to conference attendees.

PG&E will completely eliminate the climate impact of attendees’ participation at The Women’s Conference by purchasing emission reductions from projects such as forest conservation/management and tree planting, as well as renewable energy, energy conservation, and methane capture emission reduction. These energy savings are the equivalent of approximately 350 round trips from San Francisco to New York, or taking about 175 cars off the road for a year. PG&E worked closely with Terrapass and the non-profit California Climate Action Registry to ensure that the emissions and emission reductions associated with the conference were rigorously calculated and verified.

The 11,000 CFL bulbs PG&E will give away at the conference are up to 70% more efficient than regular incandescent bulbs and last up to ten times longer, producing an estimated energy savings of up to $30 or more in electricity costs over its lifetime. The company is aiming to give away up to 1,000,000 CFL’s during the month of October in recognition of Energy Awareness Month.

“Every day, PG&E helps millions of Californians take real steps to save energy and the environment,” said PG&E Corp. Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Nancy E. McFadden. “As one of the cleanest energy providers in the United States, we are delighted to be making this commitment as part of the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women today.”

Representing PG&E at the conference will be 18 PG&E employees as well as McFadden, who will present in the session, “Work Less, Achieve More.” In between sessions, conference attendees will be invited to visit PG&E’s ecoLounge in the expo area, where they can calculate their personal carbon footprint and learn about easy ways to reduce it.

PG&E has a long and distinguished history of recognition for its environmental programs. With more than 140 environmental honors in total, the company has been recognized within the last year by the Natural Resources Defense Council for its environmental leadership, and won the Pacific Forest Trust Award in Climate Protection and Forest Management Leadership, two Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Environmental Achievement Award.

The California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women is an annual, non-partisan conference that has more than quadrupled in size in the last three years, with last year's attendance exceeding 13,000. For more information, visit californiagovernorsconference.org.

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

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