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PG&E Environmental Policy Expert Receives 2007 U.S. EPA Climate Protection Award

Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced that PG&E Environmental Policy Manager Robert Parkhurst was selected by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive its Climate Protection Award for 2007, which honors individuals, companies, and associations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the environment.

The award recognizes Parkhurst's leadership in developing corporate programs that help to fight climate change. "Mr. Parkhurst is recognized as a passionate business leader who has achieved real results with the climate protection programs he has spearheaded over the years," said Kathleen Hogan, Director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

Parkhurst currently manages PG&E's new ClimateSmart program -- a first-of-its-kind voluntary program that will allow customers the option to neutralize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their energy use, thereby protecting California's environment and contributing to state and local efforts aimed at fighting climate change. PG&E created the program as part of its overall climate protection and environmental leadership strategies, including the support of federal and state regulation of greenhouse gases such as AB 32.

Prior to joining PG&E, Parkhurst also created the climate change program at HP. As a result of his leadership, HP reduced its on-site greenhouse gas emissions by 31 percent in 2006 and implemented more than 127 million kWh worth of energy efficiency projects at its locations around the world.

Mr. Parkhurst was one of 17 organizations and individuals presented with the 2007 Climate Protection Award on May 1 in Washington, D.C. Established in 1998, the Climate Protection Award has been presented to 126 corporate, government, association and individual candidates in 16 countries. PG&E won the award as a corporation in 2003 for proactively establishing a program to address the challenges associated with climate change and reducing the utility's greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 1990 levels.

PG&E has continued to gain recognition for its environmental stewardship and has received more than 140 environmental honors in total. Most recently, PG&E received the EPA Region 9 Award for its innovative partnership with a trucking firm and a transportation company to bring cleaner air to the Port of Oakland.

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