California Utility Reopens Residential Energy Efficiency Program

September 8, 2004

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), one of the largest utilities in California, announced on August 31st that it has reopened its popular program of energy efficiency rebates for residences. The utility has an additional $6.5 million in funds to keep the rebates flowing until the end of the year. PG&E closed the program in early July for lack of funds, but recently earned approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to redirect some unspent funds toward the rebate program. See the PG&E press release.

PG&E is also offering discounts on Energy Star lighting. Now through October 31st, 750 retail and hardware stores in the utility's service area are offering instant discounts on compact fluorescent lamps and energy-efficient light fixtures and torchiere lamps. See the PG&E press release.

Meanwhile, the state's other major residential energy efficiency rebate programs continue to run low. As of August 25th, Southern California Edison (SCE) was down to 13 percent of its residential rebate funds. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) closed most of its residential rebate programs in mid-August. See the SCE and SDG&E Web sites.