Southern California Gas Co. expo helps businesses go 'green', reduce energy costs.

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Southern California Gas Co.

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        LOS ANGELES, April 14, 2008 – With more California businesses focusing on making their operations environmentally friendly, Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) is showing companies how “going green” can be good for their bottom line.

        On April 29, The Gas Company will host its third annual Energy Efficiency Expo, where commercial and industrial natural gas customers can learn about the latest energy-saving technologies and financial incentives available to accelerate the return on investment from energy efficiency.

        “California leads the nation in energy efficiency,” said Debra L. Reed, president and chief executive officer of Southern California Gas Co.  “How to use energy more wisely to both reduce costs and lessen the impact on the environment is frequently cited by our customers as one of their top priorities, and we’re committed to helping them accomplish this.” 

        This year’s Expo promises to be the most informative yet, with California Public Utilities Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon delivering the keynote address, titled, “Energy Efficiency in California: Why It Makes Sense for Business.”

        Economist Jack Kyser, senior vice president of the Los Angeles County Economic

        Development Corp., will lead a breakout session on energy and the region’s economy.

        Other breakout sessions include energy efficiency in the food-service industry, compliance with AB 32 (California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) and energy efficiency in the public sector.

        The Gas Company also will honor the biggest energy-saving projects of 2007, including that of a South Gate, Calif., oil refinery that received a $195,000 incentive for equipment upgrades that have reduced the refinery’s annual energy costs by more than $1 million.

        Customers attending the Expo, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon April 29 at The Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center in Downey, Calif., will learn how to take advantage of the $18 million in incentives available to commercial and industrial natural gas customers this year.  Business customers can register for the Energy Efficiency Expo by contacting their account representatives, by calling (800) 427-6584, or by visiting

        Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years.  It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.3 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities.  The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.  The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).  Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.