PG&E Joins Climate Talks in Paris to Represent California’s Leadership in Clean Energy Innovation
PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO and President Tony Earley and three
additional top company leaders will participate in events surrounding
the upcoming COP21 international climate talks in Paris to represent
California’s success in clean energy and call attention to the need for
global action to reduce the effects of climate change.
PG&E’s leaders will speak during multiple events at the two-week summit,
which begins Nov. 30, highlighting how California and its utilities have
become models for curbing carbon emissions while improving quality of
life and expanding the economy. (Follow PG&E’s Paris activities on www.pgecurrents.com
“Our participation in the Paris conference gives us the opportunity to
show the world how California is making the transition to a low-carbon
future. As the state’s largest energy utility, PG&E is committed to
doing our part to enable that transition. But we also know that
California can’t solve the problem of climate change by itself. Success
will require collaboration from every nation across the globe,” Earley
In addition to Earley, PG&E will be represented by Senior Vice
President, External Affairs and Public Policy, Helen Burt; Senior Vice
President, Regulatory Affairs, Steve Malnight; and Chief Sustainability
Officer and Vice President, Federal Affairs and Policy, Melissa Lavinson.
Joining PG&E in the discussions will be government, academic and
business leaders, including Administration officials, California
legislators, fellow utility leaders, investors and technology
innovators. The conversations will explore a broad range of topics, from
the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to carbon markets and the growth of electric
vehicles. Of particular interest will be California’s new goal to
achieve 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, which PG&E supports.
The events are organized by a host of PG&E partner organizations focused
on energy and the environment: the Business Council for Sustainable
Energy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Climate Action Reserve,
The Climate Registry, Ceres, Edison Electric Institute, Environmental
Defense Fund, International Emissions Trading Association, and the
United Nations Foundation.
PG&E’s leaders will highlight a number of ways the utility is enabling a
more sustainable future. In recent years, PG&E has:
Delivered increasingly cleaner electricity, with more than half coming
from greenhouse gas-free resources.
Led the way by connecting more than 200,000 solar customers and by
becoming one of the fastest utilities in the nation at connecting
solar customers to the grid.
Helped customers save millions of dollars on their energy bills
through energy efficiency, which also avoided substantial carbon
Pioneered new low-carbon vehicles in its fleet, including the utility
industry’s first plug-in electric utility truck that can also provide
power for up to 100 homes.
Aggressively reduced energy, water and waste in company offices and
Made significant investments to both modernize the grid to make it
more resilient and lay the foundation for PG&E’s vision of the Grid of
ThingsTM—a grid that will integrate distributed solar,
energy storage, electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies.
Worked with suppliers to encourage excellence and innovation in
And engaged its employees through discounts for rooftop solar
installation and the purchase of electric vehicles.
Last month, PG&E pledged its commitment to make further progress in
these areas and others in the climate
pledge it submitted for the White House’s American Business Act on
Climate initiative, aimed at rallying support from U.S. companies ahead
of the Paris conference.
For more information on PG&E’s sustainability leadership, see the 2015
Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report at www.pgecorp.com/sustainability.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E
Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas
and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco,
with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the
nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and
Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/
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