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Thousands of Energy Customers Could Receive More Than 30 Percent in Energy Savings Through PG&E CARE Program

10/12/2015

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has helped customers save more than $7 billion on their energy bills through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program. Currently, more than 1.4 million income-eligible customers throughout Northern and Central California are enrolled in CARE. However, an estimated 14 percent of eligible customers are not signed up for the program and are missing out on significant energy savings.

From Shasta to Santa Barbara County, more than 200,000 PG&E households are eligible for the CARE Program, but are not enrolled. After signing up for the program, combined gas and electric customers receive 30 percent or more in monthly savings on their energy bill; gas-only customers receive 20 percent or more in monthly savings.

     

Top Counties with Most Eligible
Customers Not Enrolled

     

Eligible Households
Not Enrolled

1. Sacramento       42,566
2. Alameda       19,957
3. Santa Clara       19,647
4. San Francisco       15,602
5. San Luis Obispo       14,992
 

"We understand that families need support for their monthly home energy bill. We want the thousands of eligible customers not enrolled in the CARE Program to sign up to get the relief that they need,” said PG&E Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Laurie Giammona.

Customers can apply for CARE online and, if they qualify, will begin receiving the CARE program discount within the next billing cycle. Paper applications also are available through numerous community agencies throughout PG&E’s service area.

Customers already participating in the CARE Program can save even more energy and money through the Energy Savings Assistance Program, which provides enrolled customers with free energy-saving improvements to maximize energy efficiency in their home.

Every year, the California Public Utilities Commission adjusts the maximum qualifying income levels for CARE to reflect changes in the federal poverty guidelines. CARE is funded through a rate surcharge paid by all utility customers. These income limits may be adjusted each year depending on inflation.

To learn more about the CARE Program, visit www.pge.com/care. To learn more about the Energy Savings Assistance Program, visit www.pge.com/energysavings.

About PG&E

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 more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

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Source: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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