PG&E planting trees on behalf of customers who ditch paper bills

Customers who switch to paperless billing can help put trees in the ground in California's Los Padres National Forest

January 12, 2015

San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&aE) announced a partnership today with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to plant a new tree in the wildfire-stricken Los Padres National Forest on behalf of every customer who enrolls in paperless billing over the next several weeks, through February 26. Customers can enroll at

"PG&E customers can choose to say goodbye to their paper bills forever and help the environment in the process," said Senior Vice President Laurie Giammona, PG&E's chief customer officer. "Paperless billing is the most convenient way for PG&E customers to receive their monthly statements. It's fast, secure and easy. Customers receive email alerts to let them know their statement is ready to view and they can make payments any time they want through our secure website. We're making this easy and an environmental win for everyone."

Jonathan Birdsong, director of the Western Partnership Office for NFWF said, "The trees we plant through this effort will reforest approximately 2,800 acres of the 19,000 acres that were burned in recent forest fires. Restoring these lands will help replace the loss of this habitat for many important and threatened species, provide natural filters for clean water and provide benefits for nearby California communities."

Every New Tree Matters

  • The Los Padres National Forest and its trees provide habitats for approximately 468 species of fish and wildlife
  • One large tree can provide a day's supply of oxygen for four people
  • In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of carbon dioxide produced by a car driven 26,000 miles
  • Trees are essential natural filter systems, capturing run-off, protecting water supply, and purifying water for wildlife and downstream users

"This emerging partnership greatly enhances our ability to undertake important restoration projects in areas impacted by past wildfires," said Los Padres Forest Supervisor Robert Baird. "This effort is about how every Californian can play a part in improving public lands."

PG&E will be planting a variety of native California trees, including the Ponderosa Pine, Jeffrey Pine, Incense Cedar and Sugar Pine. The Los Padres National Forest includes most of the mountainous land along the California coast from Ventura to Monterey, extending inland.

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