PG&E gets approval to give rebates for lower gas use

California Public Utilities Commission has approved a proposal by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to offer gas bill rebates to customers who reduce their natural gas usage.

PG&E's 10/20 Plus program will provide rebates for commercial and residential customers who reduce their average gas consumption in January and February of 2008, according to PUC. PG&E will compare customer's average gas consumption with their average for the last three winters to calculate

customer's conservation efforts.

Customers who reduce their gas consumption by over 10 percent will receive a 20 percent rebate, according to PUC. Customers who conserve less than 10 percent will receive a rebate equal to their gas consumption reduction.

“Energy conservation is a major priority for California,'' PUC President Michael Peevey said in a statement. “The PUC has made a commitment to reducing California's energy consumption, and PG&E's rebate program has shown to be a valuable tool in rewarding customers who conserve while also providing significant environmental benefits to the state.''

According to PUC, similar PG&E programs have been approved the past two years.

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