LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Efficiency Program Delivery Award for its outstanding efforts to increase adoption of energy-efficiency products among its customers. SoCalGas' accomplishments were recognized today in Washington, D.C.
SoCalGas, an ENERGY STAR partner for many years, is being honored for its work to promote the energy-efficient ENERGY STAR-certified products through comprehensive outreach, education and marketing programs.
SoCalGas offers its customers support and a number of incentives to assist them to conserve energy. This is done through the more efficient use of natural gas, a clean energy source that is good for the economy. Over the last 22 years, SoCalGas' energy efficiency programs have helped its customers take the equivalent of more than 526,000 cars off the road. In that same period of time, the utility's residential business and industrial customers have saved more than 505 million therms and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 million metric tons.
"We are honored to receive this award," said Bret Lane, chief operating officer of SoCalGas. "Energy efficiency is the first and most important step in reducing our impact on the environment. And, natural gas, a clean, efficient and affordable energy source, is key to America's energy portfolio."
"SoCalGas is helping transform the market for energy efficiency by leading in implementing ENERGY STAR programs," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "Using ENERGY STAR resources, SoCalGas is broadening access to energy-saving approaches that grow the economy and protect the climate."
ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders.
For a complete list of 2015 winners and information, and more information about the ENERGY STAR awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA's ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at www.energystar.gov.
About Southern California Gas Co.
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 service to 21.4 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. Southern California Gas Co. is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.
SOURCE Southern California Gas Co.