January 14, 2016 - 2:00 PM EST
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PG&E’s Jesus Soto Jr., Named to the Common Ground Alliance Board of Directors

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that Jesus Soto Jr., senior vice president of PG&E’s Gas Operations, has been elected to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) board of directors, effective January 1, 2016. CGA is a member-driven association of 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors advocating for safe digging practices across the underground utility industry with a goal of reducing damages to underground facilities.

“Jesus’ twenty-plus year experience with pipeline safety makes him a perfect fit for our board of directors. We know that his leadership and commitment to public and employee safety will help our members achieve our goal of preventing damage to underground infrastructure,” said Bob Kipp, president, The Common Ground Alliance.

Soto brings years of experience in the natural gas industry and joined PG&E in 2012 as senior vice president of Gas Operations. He is responsible for overseeing and executing the day-to-day operations of the second largest natural gas system in the United States. Under Jesus’ leadership, PG&E earned ISO 55000 and PAS 55001 international certifications for the company's enhancements in gas asset management and was recently recognized as the first company in the U.S. to meet the American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice (API RP 1173), a new industry gold standard for pipeline safety and safety culture. Over the last three years, PG&E has seen declines in excavation-related damages to its underground gas and electric infrastructure. Prior to joining PG&E, Soto served as vice president of Operations Services for El Paso Corporation’s Pipeline Group in Houston, TX.

“I am humbled to join the board of directors for an organization that has a positive impact on public safety. Excavation damage continues to be a leading cause of pipeline incidents. As underground utility operators we have a shared responsibility to educate and promote safe and effective damage prevention practices and I’m looking forward to working with the other board members and the members of CGA to further advance the industry,” said Jesus Soto Jr., senior vice president of PG&E’s Gas Operations.

About PG&E

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/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

About the Common Ground Alliance

Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association of nearly 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. For more information, visit CGA on the web at www.commongroundalliance.com.


Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Nick Stimmel, 415-973-5930

Source: Business Wire (January 14, 2016 - 2:00 PM EST)

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