Microsoft Corporation is an American public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions. Established on April 4, 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800, Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. Microsoft would also come to dominate the office suite market with Microsoft Office. The company has diversified in recent years into the video game industry with the Xbox and its successor, the Xbox 360 as well as into the consumer electronics and digital services market with Zune, MSN and the Windows Phone OS. The ensuing rise of stock in the company’s 1986 initial public offering (IPO) made an estimated three billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees (Forbes 400 list revealed that in March 2011 both Jon Shipley and Nathan Myhrvold lost their billionaire status). In May 2011, Microsoft Corporation acquired Skype Communications for $8.5 billion dollars. For more information about Microsoft, please visit: Microsoft
Southern California Edison, has been providing reliable electric service to the dynamic areas of central, coastal, and southern California for over 125 years. Over the years, SCE has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence award 13 times for its exemplary work in engaging millions of Californians in conserving electricity through energy efficiency programs. In our modern times, SCE strives to ensure energy reliability by expanding and upgrading infrastructure, delivering more renewable power, and continuing work as an industry leader in meeting the state’s clean energy goals. For more information about Southern California Edison please visit: sce.com
Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation (PG&E), incorporated in California in 1905, provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation and employs approximately 20,000 people. PG&E’s energy efficiency programs for customers have saved over 135 million–megawatt hours of electricity– enough to supply 21 million homes for an entire year. PG&E supports clean, environmentally sensitive sources of energy and provides financial incentives for solar and other clean energy projects. Currently, 12 percent of the company’s power mix comes from renewable sources and there is a commitment to increase that to 20 percent by 2015. PG&E developed geothermal power sources over 40 years ago and has invested millions of dollars in photovoltaic research. PG&E is committed to supporting energy efficiency research and to implementing real-world energy solutions for the people of California. For more information about PG&E please visit: pge.com
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal water and power utility in the nation, was established more than 100 years ago and delivers reliable, safe water and electricity to 3.8 million residents and businesses in Los Angeles. LADWP provides its 666,000 water customers and 1.4 million electric customers with quality service at competitive prices. In the next decade, LADWP will completely replace over 70% of its power supply to eliminate reliance on coal through a combination of increasing energy efficiency [to replace at least 10% of the city’s electricity consumption], expanding renewable energy to 33% by 2020, completely eliminating the use of ocean water cooling at its three coastal power plants, and balancing the new energy mix with cleaner and more efficient natural gas, all while maintaining system reliability. LADWP also has been a leader in encouraging the early adoption of electric vehicles in Los Angeles, working collaboratively with the Mayor’s office, other City departments, and other local utilities and groups, through its $2 million home charger rebate program and by upgrading nearly 100 chargers at city facilities. For more information about LADWP, please visit: ladwp.com
San Diego Gas and Electric is a regulated public utility that provides energy service to 3.4 million people through 1.4 million electric meters and 870,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The SDG&E service area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E has twice been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for efforts to combat climate change with the Supply Chain Leadership Award (2013) and the Organizational Leadership Award (2012), both honoring SDG&E efforts to reduce our carbon footprint through lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
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