PowerTools App Helps SDG&E Customers Manage & Save Energy

          PowerTools App Helps SDG&E Customers Manage & Save Energy

Free mobile app available via iTunes Store is first in the nation to receive
Privacy Smart Powered by TRUSTe® Seal

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 28, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today San Diego Gas & Electric
(SDG&E) and Candi Controls announced that the PowerTools app is available for
customers to download on their mobile phone or tablet to check recent energy
use, set and manage energy saving goals, and track weather patterns related to
energy use.

The PowerTools app, which utilizes the Green Button Connect My Data platform,
is now available via the iTunes Store for iPhones and iPads, with Google Play
coming soon for Android devices. PowerTools is the first app in the nation to
receive certification through the TRUSTed Smart Grid Privacy Program, a
self-regulatory program that certifies that companies use responsible privacy
practices as they collect and share consumer smart grid data.

The PowerTools app was designed to help SDG&E customers securely identify ways
to make smarter choices in their energy use habits and decisions, improving
efficiency and lowering costs. Launched in October on a limited basis, the app
is now available for all customers who have access to SDG&E's My Account web
portal. Additional features include access to the SDG&E outage map and online
bill payment, environmental impact, historical use analysis, and overview of
actual use and savings relative to history.

"Privacy of customer data is important to SDG&E, and we are committed to
protecting our customers' data as well as equipping customers so that they can
make smart choices about how they share and use their energy data," said SDG&E
Vice President, Customer Services, and Chief Customer Privacy Officer Caroline
Winn. "The PowerTools app is a user-friendly tool for customers to analyze
their energy use. We are pleased that it has received the Privacy Smart
Powered by TRUSTe Seal, which offers an added level of assurance for customers
interested in authorizing trusted sources to use their energy data."

"We have worked with TRUSTe and with policymakers, consumer advocates and
privacy experts around the country to help create a privacy certification that
utility customers can rely on," said Future of Privacy Forum Director Jules
Polonetsky. "SDG&E customers will gain the benefit of access to new services
and to the privacy information they need to make smart decisions." The Future
of Privacy Forum is a think tank focused on advancing responsible data
practices. It is led by an advisory board of privacy advocates, academics and
chief privacy officers.

Green Button Connect My Data is an automated, more advanced level of the
initial Green Button data download tool, and the next step in the industry-led
Green Button initiative. To date, more than 15,000 customers have downloaded
their energy consumption data with the SDG&E Green Button download
tool.Through Green Button Connect My Data, customers can now authorize third
parties to securely access their energy usage data on an automated and daily
basis.

SDG&E customers can authorize the PowerTools app to receive data by logging
into My Account from a desktop or tablet computer, clicking on the My Energy
tab, clicking on Green Button Connect My Data under the Related Links tab on
the right, and following the instructions to select their device. The
PowerTools app is available in addition to SDG&E's apps already available for
customers.

"As a number of innovations for the home rely on the collection and use of
consumer energy data, a self-regulatory program powered by independent
third-party enforcement will ensure that participating companies commit to
responsible practices," saidChris Babel, chief executive officer of TRUSTe®.
"With the Privacy Smart Powered by TRUSTe Seal, SDG&E sends a clear signal to
its customers that it respects their personal information."

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy
service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more
than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating
ways to help our customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a
subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding
company based in San Diego.

Candi Controls, serving as a sub-contractor to Capgemini, created PowerTools,
the first suite of secure cloud-based applications available to consumers that
helps analyze Green Button data. Founded in 2008 by an executive team with
decades of experience in device integration and smart grid, Candi's
breakthrough technology reworks machine to machine communications from
networks down rather than devices up. The company's unifying platform
integrates devices and services, regardless of brand, type or protocol,
allowing service and energy providers like utilities, MSOs and telcos the
ability to offer their customers compelling, personalized experiences with
mobile applications and enterprise services.

The TRUSTed Smart Grid Privacy Program is a first-of-its-kind program that
helps companies certify their data collection and usage practices – using a
standard for privacy that is based on Smart Grid Guidelines developed by the
Future of Privacy Forum and the TRUSTe core values of transparency, choice and
accountability. After completing certification, companies receive the Privacy
Smart Powered by TRUSTe Seal from TRUSTe, the leading online data privacy
management company with more than 5,000 customers.

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SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric

Website: http://www.sdge.com
Contact: Erin Coller, San Diego Gas & Electric, 1-877-866-2066, www.sdge.com,
Twitter: @sdge, or Tim Gnatek, Candi Controls, +1-415-342-6632,
www.candicontrols.com, tim@bluepractice.com
 
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