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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted demand-response (DR) activities and budgets for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) through 2014.

The CPUC authorized a budget of approximately $192 million for PG&E, $196 million for SCE and $66 million for SDG&E. The approved activities and budgets will enable the utilities to continue to offer DR programs in their service areas.

For example, PG&E's DR programs include SmartAC and PeakChoice; SCE's include Summer Discount Plan and Peak Time Rebate; and SDG&E's include Peak Time Rebate and Small Customer Technology Deployment. The CPUC's decision also directs the utilities to file one application to coordinate all of their statewide demand-side management marketing activities for 2013-2014.

"The state's Energy Action Plan II identifies energy efficiency and demand response as the preferred ways to meet the state's energy needs," says Michael R. Peevey, president of the CPUC. "Demand-response programs offer many benefits to consumers and the state, including enhancing electric-system reliability, reducing power purchases and individual consumer costs, and protecting the environment."

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