California utility named Environmental Business of Year

California’s Planning and Conservation League has named Pacific Gas &Electric Co. the Environmental Business of the Year as part of PCL’s annual Environmental Legislative Symposium Jan. 12 in Sacramento.

PG&E, a major hydropower operator, was selected for helping reduce the effects of global warming through leading environmental initiatives.

�With its innovative habitat conservation and renewable energy efforts, PG&E raises the bar for environmental stewardship in California and demonstrates how corporations can make practical and progressive decisions that will benefit the state for generations to come,� PCL Executive Director Gary Patton said.

More than half the energy PG&E delivers to its customers comes from carbon-free sources. The utility supplies 12 percent of its energy from sources that qualify under California’s renewables portfolio standard. Its efforts to add additional renewable resources include hydropower and ocean energy projects. (HNN 12/18/07)

PCL also noted PG&E has partnered with the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council to protect permanently 140,000 acres of watershed lands associated with the utility’s hydroelectric system, one of the largest individual dedications of private lands to conservation. PG&E also is a leader in fish restoration efforts, working voluntarily with stakeholders and resource agencies to improve habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead trout.

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