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SoCalGas Rated Tops In Customer Satisfaction In J.D. Power and Associates Study

Monday, September 24, 2012

SoCalGas Rated Tops In Customer Satisfaction In J.D. Power and Associates Study15:24 EDT Monday, September 24, 2012Company garners top rating two years in a row!LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has earned the top customer satisfaction ranking among large natural gas utilities in the Western United States, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study(SM) .    The study, which was fielded between September 2011 and July 2012, is based on a random survey of U.S. residential natural gas utility customers. "This recognition by J.D. Power and Associates is a tribute to our employees who go the extra mile to provide outstanding service to our customers," said Anne Shen Smith, chairman and chief executive officer for SoCalGas. "Because of our employees' dedication, SoCalGas has a long-standing reputation of providing safe, reliable and affordable service to the communities we serve.  This shows that our customers recognize that our motto, 'Glad to be of service,' is backed up by our employees' actions."In the study, SoCalGas received a customer-satisfaction score of 678, the highest score among the 9 large utilities ranked in the western region and third in the United States.  The scores for each utility are based on six factors: billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; customer service; and field service.  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 20.9 million consumers connected through nearly 5.8 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.  SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110110/MM27708LOGO)SOURCE Southern California Gas Co.For further information: Anne Silva, Southern California Gas Co., 1-877-643-2331