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February 20, 2007 > Natural gas watch

Natural gas watch

10/20 Conservation Program adjustment for cold weather:

In late 2006, PG&E introduced an enhanced conservation plan-10/20 Plus Winter Gas Savings Program-to assist customers with their winter gas bills. The 10/20 Plus Program gives all customers - residential, business, agricultural, and government entities - a bill credit of up to 20 percent for simply reducing natural gas usage during their January and February billing cycles. For every 1% decrease in usage you will receive a 1% credit, up to 9%. Reduce your natural gas usage by 10% or more and receive a 20% credit.

When the program was designed, PG&E created a contingency for colder or warmer-than normal weather. Using an industry-wide practice, PG&E has been tracking the weather to determine if the original targets should be adjusted to account for either colder or warmer weather. The weather adjustments are based on the previous normal temperatures over the past 20-years for the months of January and February.

Early analysis following the cold snap in January (11-17) indicates that an adjustment for weather could be made when computing the final calculations at the end of the program. This means that customers whose January 2007 bills show an increase in usage as compared to their target over the past three years may still earn a credit if their target is revised, or if they are able to conserve enough through their March meter read. So, if your usage currently shows an increase you shouldn't be discouraged because your target usage will be adjusted if January and February weather is significantly colder than normal. So, continue conserving to ensure you earn the highest credit possible. For more energy savings tips and tools, visit

February Natural Gas Bill Forecast:
Natural gas bills in February are expected to drop 8.2% from January. PG&E's residential customers can expect to pay $8.40 less for natural gas in February of 2007, compared to January of 2007.

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