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SoCalGas Expands Energy-Saving Incentives for Businesses

Following a mandate from state regulators who authorized increased funding, Sempra Energy's Southern California Gas Co. announced Thursday that it was expanding its energy efficiency programs for businesses, permitting qualifying customers to obtain up to $300,000 annually in rebates for cutting energy waste in their facilities and operations. In addition, for the first time, the SoCalGas programs are open to the utility's largest industrial customers.

The gas utility's energy efficiency program for the next three years has set a goal of saving about 58 million therms, which the company calculates is enough energy to serve about 107,000 homes for a year. The company cautions that incentives are subject to change without notice and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available.

For the first time, the utility's "Express Efficiency Program" expanded its rebate offerings to cover pipe and tank insulation, greenhouse curtains and infrared film. The program also offers various residential rebates on high-efficiency clothes dryers, pool heaters and hot water heaters.

Additionally, SoCal provides energy-efficiency incentives for the building industry, and for commercial builders and industrial processes. The utility is continuing to offer its "Savings by Design Program," offering energy-efficiency incentives up to $50,000/building for design teams and up to $150,000/building for owners.

"Through the new [$300,000] Energy Efficiency Grant Program open to all business customers, we'll help fund energy projects that can save more than 250,000 therms-per-year, enough energy to serve about 500 homes," said Rick Morrow, the utility vice president of customer service, major markets. "We want our commercial customers to think of energy efficiency as a critical business issue, and to look to [SoCalGas] for valuable solutions."

Morrow said energy efficiency has two major benefits -- helping commercial/industrial customers lower their operating expenses and helping improve the environment and conserve natural resources.

More information on SoCalGas' expanded programs can be found on its website (www.socalgas.com/business).

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